Proposal Abstract

By manipulating the concepts of reality and fantasy in the classroom, an instructor can create contexts for learning that motivate and engage students and ultimately increase learning outcomes. Using educational drama, this presentation will investigate the impact of dramatization in teaching and learning. As a result of these methods, student interest in educational theory increased as did their long term concept retention and the ability to generalize to other courses. Students were also able to more easily apply concepts in actual teaching contexts and reported an overall enjoyment of the strategies and objectives of the course. Three dramatic scenarios will be presented. Each of these scenarios are aligned with objectives from educational psychology including Piagetian theory, assessment, and self-efficacy. Although dramatic - especially in a "real" situation - students' interest in theory and concepts increase when faced with the more controversial aspects of the topic which can be portrayed through dramatization.

Location

Room 2911

Publication Type and Release Option

Presentation (Open Access)

 
Mar 9th, 10:00 AM Mar 9th, 10:45 AM

Reality or Fantasy? Dramatization in Teaching and Learning

Room 2911

By manipulating the concepts of reality and fantasy in the classroom, an instructor can create contexts for learning that motivate and engage students and ultimately increase learning outcomes. Using educational drama, this presentation will investigate the impact of dramatization in teaching and learning. As a result of these methods, student interest in educational theory increased as did their long term concept retention and the ability to generalize to other courses. Students were also able to more easily apply concepts in actual teaching contexts and reported an overall enjoyment of the strategies and objectives of the course. Three dramatic scenarios will be presented. Each of these scenarios are aligned with objectives from educational psychology including Piagetian theory, assessment, and self-efficacy. Although dramatic - especially in a "real" situation - students' interest in theory and concepts increase when faced with the more controversial aspects of the topic which can be portrayed through dramatization.