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ERIC Number: EJ793113
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 18
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-1474-0222
Letting the Drama into Group Work: Using Conflict Constructively in Performing Arts Group Practice
Crossley, Tracy
Arts and Humanities in Higher Education: An International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice, v5 n1 p33-50 2006
The article examines conflict avoidance in performing arts group work and issues arising in relation to teaching and learning. In group theory, conflict is addressed largely in terms of its detrimental effects on group work, and its constructive potential is often marginalized. Similarly, undergraduate students usually interpret "effective collaboration" as implying the need to avoid conflict and engage in concurrence-seeking in order to maximize their grades. I argue that this can limit the learning benefits of their group practice. In particular, I explore the link between conflict avoidance and "groupthink". Drawing on examples of teaching practice in devised theatre, the article considers how conflict can have a productive impact upon the creative process. From the positions of both student and tutor, I examine ways in which constructive controversy can be fostered through a process-focused approach to teaching and learning. (Contains 4 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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