Real Players?

Drama, Technology and Education

August 2006
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    16th August 2006
  • ISBN 9781858563657
  • Language English
  • Pages 184 pp.
  • Size 6.75" x 9.25"

Educational drama is being transformed by the technology of the screen-mediated world. The everyday use of computers, mobile phones, videogames and television is changing our perceptions of what drama is and how it works.

Real Players? brings together educational drama, youth theatre and the world of digital media today. It illustrates the dramatic conventions of process drama that teachers can bring to creating mediated performance in their classrooms. Examples of practice show how situated role, liveness and simulations create mediated learning communities in drama and applied theatre.

Teachers and others working with young people and media will find this exploration of a new dimension of drama compelling and professionally enriching. The book will also be of interest to people working with Technology and learning in many contexts.

"This book offers a new approach, which invites the practitioner in the classroom to come to terms with digital technology, embrace it and to develop the practice further."

- Journal for Drama in Education

"Rich with cues, information on innovative activities, bibliographical references, and intriguing ideas."

- British Journal of Educational Technology

“The authors of this book make an excellent case for both teachers and students to extend their subject-knowledge about digital technology and performance and offer clear insights into the way forward.…an engaging and intelligent contribution to the field.”

- English Drama Media

Foreword by Dorothy Heathcote
Chapter 1
Technology and the transformation of drama and learning
Chapter 2
Changing forms of drama
Chapter 3
The challenges of the digital generation
Chapter 4
Young people and mediated performance
Chapter 5
Theatre in Education: devising dramatic property
Chapter 6
Drama, education and technology: case studies of situated role
Chapter 7
Drama and screen performance
Chapter 8
Drama conventions, video games and learning
Chapter 9
Researching Emerging Practice
Chapter 10
Conclusion: Imagining the future

David Cameron

David Cameron lectures and researches on online media and communications at Charles Sturt University, Australia.

John Carroll

John Carroll is Associate Professor of Communication at Charles Sturt University.

Michael Anderson

Michael Anderson researches and lectures in drama education at The University of Sydney, Australia.