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Theater Education

  • By: Robert F. Whiteley & Gregory Wetterstrand
  • In: Sociology of Education: An A-to-Z Guide
  • Edited by: James Ainsworth
  • Subject:Sociology of Education (general), Sociology of Education, Education Policy

Over the past 50 years, drama theorists, theater practitioners, and classroom teachers have debated how theater and drama education can be defined and what role it might play in the education of children and youth.

What Is Theater Education? What Is Drama Education?

Theater education concerns the art of theatrical performance and presentation, with students studying design performance and promotion of theatrical events. Drama education primarily addresses the experience of learning resulting from engagement in drama activities. Students in theater education present scripts for public presentation, whereas students involved in educational drama use an array of drama structures such as role-play, improvisation, puppetry, readers theater, mime, tableau, or choral theater to explore topical issues and developmentally appropriate subjects.

Which Approach Should Appear in Schools?

Confusion among drama/theater practitioners arises ...

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