Academic journal article Theatre Research in Canada


Academic journal article Theatre Research in Canada


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This guest-edited issue of TRIC gathers a selection of essays by university researchers interested in further investigating drama/theatre education. These researchers came together in the spring of 2005 during the ACTR (now CATR) conference in London, Ontario to examine issues pertaining to the preparation of k-12 theatre teachers. This complex endeavour of facilitating an environment for future k-12 teachers to learn how to transmit their understanding of theatre and drama to children becomes the focal point in these research essays. What are some of the critical issues we should consider in our preparation of future primary and/or secondary teachers? What are some of the unique challenges of preparing future teachers to teach theatre in diverse learning environments? What kinds of university environments exist or could exist in preparing future theatre teachers? The authors address these questions, among others, from various perspectives.

* Diane Conrad looks at rap artist Eminemin relation to role playing/theory with adolescents.

* Linda Lang examines a collective creation process with two secondary drama classes.

* Kathleen Gallagher investigates the implications of performed research and its place in the preparation of (theatre) teachers.

* Debra McLauchlan focuses our attention on the need for a transactive orientation to pedagogy in the preparation of drama teachers.

* Using a performative approach, Carmen Medina, George Belliveau and Gus Weltsek self-examine their respective positions as newly hired professors of theatre education within an education faculty.

* Mariette Theberge considers what it means to be a French theatre teacher in a k-12 French minority environment.

* Francine Chaine examines how a storytelling project whereby university students presented their work dramatically to elementary students became a site for meaning making.

In addition to these seven research articles, Monica Prendergast shares three of her research poems where she asks us to consider the role of the audience in a theatre event. Through a poetic form of presentation, she provokes us to think about new ways to disseminate research.

George Belliveau and Francine Chaine

Guest Editors

Ce numero thematique de la revue TRIC regroupe des essais de professeurs chercheurs impliques en art dramatique / theatre dont le travail porte principalement sur la formation d'enseignants a l'universite. …

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