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The ethos of drama in education today owes an enormous debt to the inspiration of one woman. Dorothy Heathcote MBE began her working life as a weaver in a Yorkshire worsted mill at the age of 14 and, despite failing her plus, became a lecturer at Durham University by the age of She went on to develop an unorthodox yet empowering approach to educational drama that fired the imaginations of children and inspired the work of teachers and academics across the world for the next six decades.
Sadly Dorothy died in October but she leaves behind a legacy of approaches such as drama for learning, teacher in role and process drama which continue to be developed, spawning a wide range of drama strategies.
This is based on the premise that treating children as responsible experts increases their engagement and confidence. They can perceive a real purpose for learning and discovering together in an interactive and proactive way — gathering skills and knowledge they can apply to their everyday lives.
While the focus is on the enquiry process, it can often lead to real outcomes such as writing letters, printing leaflets or designing products. Being treated as experts empowers pupils to actively explore issues across the curriculum, assume responsible roles, solve problems and make decisions in guiding the process and its outcomes. Usually an imaginary client such as a museum commissions the class — for example as a team of archaeologists to excavate a newly discovered tomb in Egypt. It is possible to link the project with real organisations which can write to the students, invite them to visit or even send representatives in role to the classroom.
In the UK, many schools have found Mantle of the Expert to be a highly effective strategy and have adopted it as a whole-school cross-curricular approach. Dorothy Heathcote — Drama Pioneer. Related Posts.
Dorothy Heathcote – Pioneer of Educational Drama
This title is printed on demand and is nonreturnable. Please allow 1 week for printing. Indeed, much of Betty Jane Wagner's book can fairly be described as drama within a drama. It's an engrossing work, for we listen and watch as Heathcote elicits drama of their own making from students across grade levels and disciplines. Wagner's goal is to share with teachers how they, using Heathcote's methods, can generate significant learning experiences. Shop Create Account Log In. Search Search.
Dorothy Heathcote: Drama as a Learning Medium
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