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Creativity in drama : explanations and explorations

journal contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Susan DavisSusan Davis
Educational rhetoric often includes calls for teachers to promote creativity in the classroom. The concept of creativity is not often unpacked or explored, especially in relation to specific curriculum areas. This article seeks to explore what creativity in drama might mean, drawing on relevant literature and research with secondary drama students. Concepts drawn from socio-cultural and systems explanations of creativity signal the importance of building individual capacities but also domain knowledge and interactions with fields of other participants and exponents as central to the cultivation of creativity. Research involving drama educators and students suggests that specific features of creative practice in drama are the opportunities for students to engage in imaginative work that expresses their ideas through specific dramatic forms, the importance of the embodied kinaesthetic experience, the potential to work collaboratively with others and explore and perform versions of identity.

History

Volume

33

Issue

2

Start Page

31

End Page

44

Number of Pages

14

ISSN

1445-2294

Location

City East, Qld

Publisher

Drama Australia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Arts, Business, Informatics and Education; Learning and Teaching Education Research Centre (LTERC);

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

NJ : Drama Australia journal.