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Children and drama: knowing differently

Wright, P. R. and Rasmussen, B. (2001) Children and drama: knowing differently. In: Robertson, M. and Gerber, R., (eds.) Children's ways of knowing: learning through experience. ACER Press, Camberwell, Vic., pp. 218-232.

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    The identification and documentation of different ways of knowing is a ‘hot’ topic in educational research. What is at issue is whether there are stable identifiable learning or cognitive styles, and how factors such as gender, development, personality, life-worlds and social culture impact on these abilities. It seems clear to us is that there is indeed a variety of learning media and ways of knowing, and that knowing through the arts, and ‘dramatic knowing’ in particular, has much to offer to the education of our young people. Dramatic knowing is the cultural production of meaning-embedded forms and insights through the use of the human body, symbols, metaphors and the fictional world developed through drama.

    Publication Type: Book Chapter
    Murdoch Affiliation: School of Education
    Publisher: ACER Press
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