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Using Drama In The Classroom

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Drama is a potentially powerful tool for connecting students with learning and content. We know that learning is an active, constructive process of coming to know. And through our classroom involvement with students, we have found that drama can provide a process for learning by living through or experiencing an event. Drama by its very nature involves students in social contexts where they are required to think, talk, manipulate concrete materials, and share viewpoints in order to arrive at decisions (Siks, 1983). Thus, through drama, students explore both factual knowledge and content concepts while "trying on" social experiences. Heathcote (cited in Johnson and O'Neill, 1984) believes that drama confronts students with situations that may change them because of the issues and challenges they must face in the dramatic playing.

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