A Theatre for Change: Applying Community Based Drama Practices into Ontario Middle Schools

A Theatre for Change: Applying Community Based Drama Practices into Ontario Middle Schools

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Title: A Theatre for Change: Applying Community Based Drama Practices into Ontario Middle Schools
Author: Harrison, Kiersten Rose
Abstract: Teachers have an undeniable influence on youth, on whose shoulders tomorrow rests. It is vital for teachers to be conscious of their role in both the local and global community in order to facilitate occasions for students to develop a sense of global consciousness. By imparting to students the desire to learn and to explore their interactions with things, people and experiences, and actively pursue knowledge, they develop critical literacy skills required to both acquire understanding and be(come) understood. Through this research study, the implications of applying David Diamond’s community drama work called Theatre for Living, as an effective and critical literacy practice to enhance social conciousness within a middle school, is assesssed. The program was implemented in a split grade 7/8 and grade 8 classroom in southwestern Ontario. The study exemplifies for educators a practical yet significant step for initializing and developing a broad sense of awareness in students; that is the sense of global consciousness.
Date: 2012
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10393/20511
Supervisor: Ibrahim, Awad
Faculty: education
Degree: MA[Ed]

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