Creating Democratic Citizenship Through Drama Education

The Writings of Jonothan Neelands

Paperback / softback, 186 pages, 244 mm x 170 mm
31 May 2010
Trentham Books Ltd

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The relationship between theatre, democracy and pedagogy is explored through the theory and practice of Jonothan Neelands. This selection of his seminal texts in drama education over the last twenty five years shows how Neelands developed classroom participatory democracy through ensemble based theatre education. They feature: Neelands' development in the 1980s of the conventions approach which made Dorothy Heathcote's and Gavin Bolton's 'living through drama' more accessible to classroom teachers and which has come to dominate drama curricula across the globe; his defence - along with Cecily O'Neill - of progressive drama education against the challenge by David Hornbrook and Peter Abbs in the early 1990s; his passionate arguments for drama as both pedagogy and discipline; his criticism of the privileging of high art over popular art; and, his call for theatre education which is both presentational and representational, and for drama's place within the English rather than the arts curriculum. It also features: his response to 9/11: that drama is crucial in an age of uncertainty and intolerance: the humanising and democratising principles that define drama in education are a potent challenge to extremism; and, his argument that ensemble based theatre education allows young people to learn to act upon the world and bring about real change. Professor Jonothan Neelands is a National Teaching Fellow, the Chair of Drama and Theatre Education, and Director of Teaching and Learning at the University of Warwick UK and runs a Post Graduate Award for RSC actors. Dr. Peter O'Connor is Director of the acclaimed Applied Theatre Consultants and adjunct associate professor at the University of Sydney and a senior research fellow at the University of Auckland.

  • Peter O'Connor

  • David Booth

  • Juliana Sexton

CONTENTS: Acknowledgements; Foreword; Prologue; Making sense of drama: 1. Beowulf: A sample lesson; 2. Theatre as a learning process; 3. Learning through imagined experience; 4. Structuring to begin; The argument for drama: 5. The meaning of drama; 6. Theatre without walls; 7. In the hands of living people; Pro-social pedagogy: 8. 11/09: The space in our hearts; 9. The art of togetherness; 10. Mirror, dynamo or lens?; 11. The arrival; Afterword.

O'Connor skilfully sandwiches Neelands' discourses about drama curricula, theory, and practice that illustrate the crux of his writings... orienting the reader to drama, its educational role, and its social extension. Both practitioners and theorists will value this timely collection. - Citizenship, Social and Economics Education this new selection of Jonothan Neelands' work gives the reader a sense of the way his thinking and practice has developed over some 20 years... will serve as both a source of practical ideas as well as providing rich material for thinking about the role of drama and theatre in learning and teaching. English Drama Media