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ERIC Number: EJ937077
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun-30
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
Adolescents' Affective Engagement with Theatre: Surveying Middle School Students' Attitudes, Values, and Beliefs
Omasta, Matt
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v12 spec iss 1.6 Jun 2011
This essay explores how viewing a single Theatre for Young Audiences production might affect the attitudes, values, and/or beliefs of adolescent spectators. Data is drawn from a mixed-methods case study performed with middle school students who viewed a professional performance for young people, and is considered through the lens of cognitive studies in light of advances in research considering the human mirror neuron system. Data suggest it is highly probable that under certain circumstances viewing a single Theatre for Young Audiences production can influence the values of adolescent spectators. The essay concludes by exploring the ethical ramifications of these findings. (Contains 3 figures and 8 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A