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ERIC Number: EJ962622
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec-19
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1529-8094
Drama-Based Instruction and Educational Research: Activating Praxis in an Interdisciplinary Partnership
Cawthon, Stephanie W.; Dawson, Kathryn M.
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v12 n17 Dec 2011
"Drama for Schools" ("DFS") is a professional development program in drama-based instruction shaped by theories of critical pedagogy and constructivism. In 2007, the Director of "DFS" invited an educational psychology faculty member to develop a research and evaluation component for the program. This article discusses and troubles this interdisciplinary partnership through the lens of praxis, the continual cycle of thought, action, reflection and response. In this article, we touch upon implications of activated praxis such as (a) how "DFS" has evolved in its identity as a research-based program model; (b) how outcome measurement was embedded into program implementation; (c) the experience of disseminating findings in both arts-based and educational research spaces; and (d) how long-range planning was guided both by research and program priorities. We conclude with identification of how this process has resulted in praxis for participants across all levels of the partnership. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education; Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas