'Proper' Drama or 'Pure' Mantle?
The Complex Negotiation of Drama for Inquiry Learning - An Arts Education Colloquium with Kim Snider
This presentation examines the negotiation, challenges and benefits of drama for inquiry learning based on research conducted in a British secondary school.
Findings suggest that drama-based inquiry approaches such as Dorothy Heathcote’s Mantle of the Expert can support and enrich learning across the curriculum.
At the same time, tensions exist between the rituals that characterize ‘pure’ Mantle of the Expert and students’ desire for active dramatic exploration. Further issues are raised by the structures of curriculum, pedagogy and assessment that limit teachers’ flexibility in experimenting with open-ended, arts-based techniques.
It concludes by proposing a ‘hybrid’ approach to drama for inquiry—one that draws on a range of drama practices and requires skill and responsiveness on the part of the teacher. This presentation will be of interest to classroom teachers, researchers, curriculum developers and those involved in teacher training.