A practical investigation of process drama, with particular interest in "teacher in role", and its effects on facilitation skills and participant engagement.
(2016) A practical investigation of process drama, with particular interest in "teacher in role", and its effects on facilitation skills and participant engagement., no. 56.
Process drama is a form of dramatic enquiry used to engage pupils in an immediate response to drama and is usually used in education with relevant learning experiences. In this form of drama the facilitator can employ different techniques such as Dorothy Heathcote's "Teacher in Role" and "Mantle of the Expert" as a way of engaging the participants within the imaginary world of the drama. The invitation of immediate response and reactive teaching to the children's input aims to give the participants a sense of empowerment and control over their own learning. This study attempts to investigate if using Process Drama, in particular TiR and MoE, as a method of leading workshops can improve facilitation skills and heighten pupil engagement. A series of process drama based workshops created by the researcher will be used alongside academic research to investigate if there is some form of relationship between process drama, good facilitation skills, and pupil engagement. The workshops will be forty-five minutes each and will be conducted with a primary seven class. The workshops will be repeated with a second identical participant sample. This investigation refers to an adapted list of facilitation skills by Cole et al (1999) as well as personal reflection and academic research as way of investigating the effects of running process drama workshops on facilitation skills. Similarly signs of child engagement identified in a study by Stephens et al. (2008) will be used alongside personal reflection and participant feedback to evaluate the outcome of process drama on levels of engagement. The predominantly reflective nature of the project will result in the research conducted being of a qualitative and subjective nature.