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Embodying Historical Consciousness: Teaching History Through Drama

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Professor Michael Anderson will be conducting the drama workshop as part of an International Research project on Applied Theatre and History learning. This workshop will be extremely interesting for PGCE students, Primary and Secondary History and English particularly. It will also provide a great opportunity for other postgraduates, and undergraduates, interested in Arts Education research to see some empirical research – in action!

This workshop will give you some hands on experience to teach history and historical concepts with and through drama. In the interactive workshop session students will use poetry, improvisation and other drama techniques to respond to issues and ideas relating to WW1 . The centenary of the Great War, recognized in many countries in 2015-2018 will provide the context through which drama participants will explore the nature of the relationship between historical imagination, knowledge creation and embodied learning. The processes and programs will be useful for anyone considering teaching history to children and young people in an engaging and deep way. This workshop is part of a broader research program bringing together drama and history education specialists working in four countries (UK, Canada, New Zealand and Australia) that explores the use of drama pedagogy to develop historical consciousness in students.

Michael Anderson is Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at The University of Sydney. His research and teaching concentrates the role of creativity, the arts (particularly drama) and play have on learning. This work has evolved into a program of research and publication that explores how aesthetic education is changing learning in the 21st century.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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