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A Reflective Practitioner’s Guide to (Mis)Adventures in Drama Education - or - What Was I Thinking?

This collection of essays from many of the world’s preeminent drama education practitioners captures the challenges and struggles of teaching with honesty, humor, openness, and integrity. Collectively the authors possess some two hundred years of shared experience in the field, and each essay investigates the mistakes of best-intentions, the lack of awareness, and the omissions that pock all of our careers. The authors ask, and answer quite honestly, a series of difficult and reflexive questions: What obscured our understanding of our students’ needs in a particular moment? What drove our professional expectations?  And how has our practice changed as a result of those experiences? Modeled on reflective practice, this book will be an essential, everyday guide to the challenges of drama education.

290 pages | 7 x 9 | © 2015

Theatre in Education



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Table of Contents


Part 1: Hoops of My Making
Chapter 1: “Chicken Merry, Hawk deh near”: A Letter of Apology
Brian S. Heap
Chapter 2: The Vicious Circle: A Study in Stupidity
Peter Duffy
Chapter 3: Teaching in Role: Just Another Name is Never Enough
Pamela Bowell
Chapter 4: Storying the Dramas of Teaching Drama
Christine Hatton
Chapter 5: Giant Mistakes
Patrice Baldwin
Chapter 6: “A Lord of the Flies Moment”: The Consequences of Wrong Gaming Directions
Johnny Saldaña
Chapter 7: Teaching by Terror: Ordeal, Ego and Education
John O’Toole
Part 2: Assumptions and Expectations: Failing Better
Chapter 8: Kindling Fires and Facing Giants: Learning About Drama from Children with Special Needs
Robert Colby
Chapter 9: An Alaskan Education: From Service to Sustainability
Kathryn Dawson
Chapter 10: What Was I Thinking: Why Am I Thinking as I Do?
Gustave J. Weltsek
Chapter 11: Encountering the Unexpected and Extending the Horizons of Expectation: An Autoethnographic Exploration of Developing Teaching Practice
Chapter 12: Democracy Over-Ruled, Or How to Deny Young Children’s Agency and Voice Through
Julie Dunn
Chapter 13: What You Don’t Know CAN Hurt You
Christina Martin
Chapter 14: ‘Texting’ in the Drama Classroom: Pedagogical Adjustments to Unfamiliar Cultures from a Guest Artist Perspective
Allison Manville Metz
Chapter 15: The Day that Shrek Was Almost Rescued: Doing Process Drama with Children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder
Carmel O’Sullivan
Chapter 16: Failing Better
Juliana Saxton
Afterword: Looking Back to See Ahead
David Booth
Contributor Biographies

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