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ERIC Number: EJ985915
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 13
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Self, Role and Character: Developing a Professional Identity as a Drama Teacher
Kempe, Andy
Teacher Development, v16 n4 p523-536 2012
This paper reports on research into what may have influenced trainees on four post-graduate teacher training courses in England to become specialist drama teachers rather than pursue careers in the world of professional entertainment. In doing so it raises questions regarding the value of considering teaching as a performing art. The paper goes on to explore how drama trainees regard an understanding of performance, and an ability to both use and demonstrate performance techniques, as integral to their role as subject specialists. The subsequent discussion examines how a drama teacher's professional identity may be seen as being made up of the three inter-connected elements, "self", "role" and "character". Thus, while all teaching may be considered to involve some elements of performativity, this paper suggests that, for the drama specialist, an understanding of what constitutes "performance" has a particular importance. One conclusion drawn from the research is that recognising the place of performance in their practice may result in experienced teachers of drama regarding themselves as artists whose art is teaching drama; another is that recognising the different ways in which adopting a role involves different elements of performance could be of value to all teachers and teacher educators. (Contains 1 note and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)