Dramatic Interactions in Education draws together contemporary sociocultural research across drama and educational contents to draw out implications for researchers and practitioners both within and outside the field. Drama is a field for which human interactions, experience, emotional expression, and attitude are central, with those in non-arts fields discovering that understandings emerging from drama education can provide models and means for examining the affective and relational domains which are essential for understanding learning processes. In addition to this, those in the realm of drama education and applied theatre are realising that sociocultural and historical-cultural approaches can usefully inform their research and practice.
Leading international theorists and researchers from across the UK, Europe, USA and Australia combine theoretical discussions, research methodologies, accounts of research and applications in classroom and learning contexts, as they explore concepts from Vygotsky's foundational work and interrogate key concepts such as perezhivanie (or the emotional, lived experience), development of self, zone of proximal development.
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About the Author
Susan Davis is Senior Lecturer at Central Queensland University, Australia.
Beth Ferholt is Assistant Professor of Education in Early Childhood and Art at Brooklyn College, City University of New York, USA.
Hannah Grainger Clemson is a researcher currently working on education and cultural policy and programmes in the UK and Europe. She is also Tutor in Drama and Theatre Education at the University of Warwick, UK.
Satu-Mari Jansson is a theatre-based trainer at Theatreworks Training, UK, and affiliated researcher at The Center for Research on Activity, Development and Learning (CRADLE) at the University of Helsinki, Finland.
Ana Marjanovic-Shane is Associate Professor of Education at Chestnut Hill College, Philadelphia, USA.
Table of Contents
Notes on Contributors
Foreword, Vera John-Steiner (University of New Mexico, USA)
Introduction: Vygotsky, Sociocultural Concepts and Drama in and for Education, Susan Davis (Central Queensland University, Australia), Hannah Grainger Clemson (University of Warwick, UK), Beth Ferholt (Brooklyn College, City University of New York, USA) and Satu-Mari Jansson (University of Helsinki, Finland)
Part I: Vygotsky, Drama, Perezhivanie and the Unity of Development
1. Dramatic Interactions: From Vygotsky's Life of Drama to the Drama of Life, Michael Michell (University of New South Wales, Australia)
2. Stanislavski and Vygotsky: On the Problem of the Actor's and Learner's Work, Hannah Grainger Clemson (University of Warwick, UK)
3. Perezhivanie in Researching Playworlds: Applying the Concept of Perezhivanie in the Study of Play, Beth Ferholt (City University of New York, USA)
Part II: Sociocultural Insights into Learning through Drama
4. Dialogue and Social Positioning in Dramatic Inquiry: Creating with Prospero, Brian Edmiston (Ohio State University, USA)
5. Identity and Creativity: The Transformative Potential of Drama, Harry Daniels (University of Oxford, UK) and Emma Downes (Bartley Green School, Birmingham, UK)
6. Constructing Identity and Motivation in the Drama Classroom: A Sociocultural Approach, Richard Walker (University of Sydney, Australia), Michael Anderson (University of Sydney, Australia), Robyn Gibson (University of Sydney, Australia) and Andrew Martin (University of New South Wales, Australia)
Part III: The Dynamics of Meaning Making Through Drama Processes in the Classroom
7. Dramatic Play and Process Drama: Towards a Collective Zone of Proximal Development to Enhance Language and Literacy Learning, Robyn Ewing (University of Sydney, Australia)
8. Sociocultural Theory, Process Drama and Second Language Learning , Penny Bundy (Griffith University, Australia), Erika Piazzoli (Griffith University, Australia) and Julie Dunn (Griffith University, Australia)
9. Prolepsis and Educational Change Through Drama: Bringing the Future Forward, Patricia Enciso (Ohio State University, USA)
10. Interactive Drama with Digital Technology and Tools for Creative Learning, Susan Davis (Central Queensland University, Australia)
Part IV: Practice and Research Inspired by Sociocultural Approaches to Drama, Education and Learning
11. A Theatre Company's Development and Learning Through Cultural-historical Activity Theory and Developmental Work Research: Movement between Archetypes, Satu-Mari Jansson (University of Helsinki, Finland)
13. How Environment Affects Learning: Schoolteachers Engaging with Theatre-based Pedagogies, Anton Franks (University of Nottingham, UK)
14. Drama, Theatre and Performance Creativity, R. Keith Sawyer (Washington University, USA)
15. Building a Workplace Theatre: Forum Theatre and Developmental Work Research as Developmental Resources in Interventions, Satu-Mari Jansson (University of Helsinki, Finland)