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date: 20 October 2021

Drama in Education and Applied Theater, from Morality and Socialization to Play and Postcolonialismlocked

Drama in Education and Applied Theater, from Morality and Socialization to Play and Postcolonialismlocked

  • Kathleen Gallagher, Kathleen GallagherThe Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
  • Nancy Cardwell, Nancy CardwellThe Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
  • Rachel RhoadesRachel RhoadesThe Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto
  •  and Sherry BieSherry BieThe Ontario Institute for Studies in Education of the University of Toronto

Summary

The field of drama education and applied theater is best understood through a consideration of the major developments and aspirations that have shaped its trajectory over three historical periods: the latter years of the 19th century up until 1960, between 1960 and 1990, and the years encompassing the turn of the 21st century, 1990–2015, which was a decidedly more globalized epoch. The drama education/applied theater scholarship of the English-speaking world, including the United Kingdom, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, and North America, offers a fascinating distillation of the relationship between making drama and learning, including the history of alternative forms of education. Scholarship from Asia drawing on traditional forms of theater-making, as well as imported and adapted structures of Western drama education movements, speak to hybrid and ever-expanding practices across the globe.

Although young as a discipline within the academy, drama education/applied theater has all but made up for its relative immaturity by spanning a wide domain of multidisciplinary thinking, embracing an eclectic theoretical field that covers an enormous breadth of social issues and a vast range of learning theories, while straddling a compelling spectrum of political positions. The development of the field is infused with pioneering ideas that broke with entrenched historical traditions and habitual ways of learning, harkening toward new ways of thinking, being, relating, and creating. Taking the world as its source material and humanity as its target audience, the history of the progressive discipline of drama education/applied theater tells the story of an ambitious, flawed, idealized, politicized, divisive, and deeply humanistic scholarly and practice-driven field.

Subjects

  • Curriculum and Pedagogy
  • Educational Purposes and Ideals
  • Educational Theories and Philosophies
  • Education and Society
  • Educational History

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