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ERIC Number: EJ1403143
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2022
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
EISSN: EISSN-1932-7528
Scripting the Curriculum: A History of Students Dramatizing Content Information
Flynn, Rosalind M.
Journal for Learning through the Arts, v18 n1 2022
Prior to the 1990s, the term "arts integration" rarely--if ever--appeared in educational literature. The term may be new, but educators have been involving students in arts learning processes for centuries. In particular, teachers have long harnessed the power of drama to engage students in arts-integrated learning activities. Articles and books published between 1903 and 2018 reveal that student-written scripts comprised classroom learning activities in social studies, literature, and even science courses. Briefly contextualized in prevailing American educational ideologies, this research examines the history of the use of scriptwriting as an educational tool, sharing what teachers and students did, how they did it, how they described it, and why they endorse scriptwriting as a learning activity. The generations of teachers who authored the articles about their practices report academic and social benefits for their students as well as professional satisfaction for themselves. Their ideas, methods, topics, and insights may serve as validation and motivation for current educators. The goal of this research is to encourage today's educators by familiarizing them with the significant history of this work and challenging them to continue to promote and implement artistic ways of learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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