In this new and updated edition, Patrice Baldwin brings together key findings from brain research and best practice to highlight the benefits that drama and imagined experience can have on learning, creativity, thinking skills, memory, motivation and self-esteem, and explains why and how drama supports learning. Patrice Baldwin advocates an holistic approach to learning based on personal, social and emotional growth, and argues that drama can be a means of developing potential in both the teacher and learner. The book includes sound advice on planning and managing drama across the curriculum from ages 5-14, and carefully annotated schemes of work complete with photocopiable resource sheets and online templates. Both experienced teachers of drama and non-specialists will appreciate the up-to-date research, new pedagogic examples, multisensory drama techniques and links to contemporary developments in education, such as play-based learning, learning outside the classroom and Philosophy for Children (P4C). With Drama in Mind is an invaluable source of inspiration for revitalising your teaching and stimulating pupils' imaginations.
'This new edition contains significant new research and thinking by one of the world's foremost thinkers and practitioners of drama education. It is a must-buy book for anyone interested in drama education from beginning teachers to experienced specialists. With Drama in Mind skilfully combines theory and practice in an accessible and user-friendly language. I couldn't recommend it more highly.' Peter O'Connor, Associate Professor and Director of the Critical Research Unit in Applied Theatre, University of Auckland, New Zealand
'What Patrice Baldwin understands and communicates so well in With Drama in Mind is the understanding that we are childlike in nature throughout life. To engage in drama is to accelerate and sophisticate the process by which human brains learn best through play-based learning systems where tensions and conflicts unique to our species can be safely and productively explored and conquered. Bravo!' Xan S. Johnson, PhD., Professor of Theatre and Child Drama Specialist, University of Utah, USA
'A fascinating and well-researched book which details the obvious but long-missed point that experience influences brain development and learning. Through practical teaching ideas Patrice Baldwin demonstrates why drama teaching is so essential to the development of all children. Part guide and part pedagogy, this book empowers teachers to choose appropriate drama techniques, listen to their pupils and adapt approaches.' Kevin Piper, Education Consultant and Director of Creative Education, UK
Foreword by Jonothan Neelands Introduction How to use this book Part One: Drama for Learning 1. Drama in Schools 2. Drama and the Brain 3. Dramatic Play and Drama in Real, Imagined and Virtual Worlds 4. Drama and Intelligence 5. Drama and Thinking 6. Drama, Creativity and Imagination 7. Drama, Inter-Thinking and Talk Part Two: Structuring the Drama Experience The Drama Contract Drama Strategies - Choosing and Using Part Three: Drama Units Unit 1 (ages 5-7) Mr Once Upon a Time Unit 2 (ages 5-11) War and Peas Unit 3 (ages 7-11) The Victorian Cotton Mill Unit 4 (ages 10-13) Bullying Unit 5 (ages 9-13) Creating an Imaginary Culture and Community Unit 6 (ages 10-13) Chief Seattle's Speech (1854) Unit 7 (ages 9-14) The City Part Four: Photocopiable Resource Sheets References and Further Reading Index