Creating Democratic Citizenship Through Drama Education

The Writings of Jonothan Neelands

Edited by Peter O'Connor
Foreword by David Booth and Juliana Sexton
July 2010
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  • Publisher
    Trentham Books
  • Published
    12th July 2010
  • ISBN 9781858564562
  • Language English
  • Pages 196 pp.
  • Size 6.875" x 9.75"
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The relationship between theatre, democracy and pedagogy is explored through the theory and practice of Jonothan Neelands. This selection of his seminal texts in drama education over the last twenty five years shows how Neelands developed classroom participatory democracy through ensemble based theatre education. They feature:

* Neelands’ development in the 1980s of the conventions approach which made Dorothy Heathcote’s and Gavin Bolton’s "living through drama" more accessible to classroom teachers and which has come to dominate drama curricula across the globe
* his defence–along with Cecily O’Neill–of progressive drama education against the challenge by David Hornbrook and Peter Abbs in the early 1990s
* his passionate arguments for drama as both pedagogy and discipline
* his criticism of the privileging of high art over popular art
* his call for theatre education which is both presentational and representational, and for drama’s place within the English rather than the arts curriculum
* his response to 9/11: that drama is crucial in an age of uncertainty and intolerance: the humanizing and democratizing principles that define drama in education are a potent challenge to extremism
* his argument that ensemble-based theatre education allows young people to learn to act upon the world and bring about real change

Foreword—Emeritus Professor David Booth
Prologue—Jonothan Neelands
Introduction—Peter O’Connor
Section One
Making Sense of Drama—Peter O’Connor
1) Beowulf-A Sample Lesson—Jonothan Neelands
2) Theatre as a Learning Process—Jonothan Neelands and Tony Goode
3) Learning Through Imagined Experience—Jonothan Neelands
4) Structuring to Begin—Jonothan Neelands
Section Two
The Argument for Drama—Peter O’Connor
5) The Meaning of Drama—Jonothan Neelands
6) Theatre Without Walls—Jonothan Neelands
7) In the Hands of Living People—Jonothan Neelands
Section Three
Pro-Social Pedagogy—Peter O’Connor
8) 11/09-The Space in Our Heart—Jonothan Neelands
9) The Art of Togetherness—Jonothan Neelands
10) Mirror, Dynamo of Lens?—Jonothan Neelands
11) The Arrival—Jonothan Neelands
Afterword—Emeritus Professor Juliana Saxton

Peter O'Connor

Peter O'Connor is Director of the acclaimed Applied Theatre Consultants and Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney.