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Structure and Spontaneity : The Drama in Education of Cecily O'Neill - Philip Taylor

Structure and Spontaneity

The Drama in Education of Cecily O'Neill

By: Philip Taylor (Editor), Christine D. Warner (Editor)

Paperback Published: 26th August 2009
ISBN: 9781858563220
Number Of Pages: 180

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Cecily O'Neill has had a formative impact on the evolution of the creative and dynamic mode of teaching called process drama. Process drama characterizes work powered by transformatory outcomes that bring together the worlds of drama education and theatre practice.

Dorothy Heathcote and Gavin Bolton were perceived as the pioneers of a new and radical form of educational praxis but it was O'Neill who made that praxis accessible to educators worldwide. Her work on structuring classroom drama, her writings on pretext and process drama, her studies on the imagination, multicultural education, and dramatic form have been influential throughout North America, Europe and Australasia. This book is a compilation of the formative articles of O'Neill along with significant commentaries from leaders in the field. It is informed by her work but it is not simply about her.

The book explores central questions about designing, implementing and evaluating process drama: What is the critical knowledge in process drama? How can educators structure satisfying learning experiences that promote spontaneous encounters? And what are the theoretical principles in dramatic art that guide innovative teaching through process drama? The answers to these questions make this book immensely valuable to drama practitioners and teacher trainers worldwide.

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"The book works successfully at a number of levels from the practical to the scholarly and readers eager to either understand or practise the unique learning offered by process drama will be rewarded." -- Jonothan Neelands * British Journal of Educational Studies, 56:1, 112-113 *

Foreword-Gavin Bolton
Prologue-Cecily O'Neill
Finding Form
Drama in Education
Process Drama
Working from Within: Teacher and the Group as Artists in the Process
Drama and the Web of Form
Guidelines for Structuring Drama
Imagined Worlds in Theatre and Drama
Transforming Texts: Intelligences in Action
Dialogue and Drama
Episode 3
Artists and Models
Theory and Research in Drama
Alienation and Empowerment
The Cecily O'Neill Archive
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ISBN: 9781858563220
ISBN-10: 1858563224
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 180
Published: 26th August 2009
Publisher: Institute of Education Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.4 x 17.0  x 1.1
Weight (kg): 0.34