Dorothy Heathcote: Drama as a Learning Medium

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We're confident that this new edition of Betty Jane Wagner's seminal work will be welcomed by drama educators throughout the English-speaking world. Heathcote's work has been profoundly influential in that world. Until the publication in 1976 of Dorothy Heathcote: Drama as a Learning Medium, however, Heathcote's techniques - the pedagogy of drama - lacked full explanation. Wagner's book gives us just that: a close-up detailing of this gifted, dynamic teacher in a variety of classroom settings, along with analyses...
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Overview

We're confident that this new edition of Betty Jane Wagner's seminal work will be welcomed by drama educators throughout the English-speaking world. Heathcote's work has been profoundly influential in that world. Until the publication in 1976 of Dorothy Heathcote: Drama as a Learning Medium, however, Heathcote's techniques - the pedagogy of drama - lacked full explanation. Wagner's book gives us just that: a close-up detailing of this gifted, dynamic teacher in a variety of classroom settings, along with analyses of Heathcote's remarkable improvisations with young people.

Indeed, much of Betty Jane Wagner's book can fairly be described as drama within a drama. It's an engrossing work, for we listen and watch as Heathcote elicits drama of their own making from students across grade levels and disciplines. Wagner's goal is to share with teachers how they, using Heathcote's methods, can generate significant learning experiences.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This book profoundly altered my own teaching and gave me a glimpse of what it is possible to achieve through drama. Heathcote's approach to drama has inspired teachers in every classroom where active and authentic learning is valued. I am confident that this fascinating picture of a remarkable educator at work will continue to motivate and challenge new generations of teachers and learners.”–Cecily O'Neill, from the Foreword

“We all welcome this perceptive revision of B.J.Wagner's classic account of Dorothy Heathcote's teaching. It reads as fresh as ever and is a timely reminder of Heathcote's genius.”–Gavin Bolton

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781893056008
  • Publisher: Calendar Islands Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 6/1/1999
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 274
  • Product dimensions: 6.78 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author

Betty Jane Wagner is a professor in the College of Education at Roosevelt University and director of the Chicago Area Writing Project. She is an internationally recognized authority on composition instruction and the educational uses of drama.
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Table of Contents

What Drama Can Do

Evoking, Not Directing

Edging In

Finding Material Through Brotherhoods

From Segmenting to Dramatic Focus

Leading Through Questions

Building Belief

Dropping to the Universal

Withholding Expertise

Planning

Using Role in Teaching

Theater Elements as Tools

Nonverbal Drama

The Left Hand of Knowing

Classifying Drama

Code Cracking: Literature and Language

Code Cracking: Other Areas of the Curriculum

Groups with Special Needs

Teacher Training

Guarantees for Drama

Bibliography

Index

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