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First-Year Seminars and Experiences

  • Michelle Hayford
  • Susan Kattwinkel
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Part of the The Arts in Higher Education book series (AHE)

Abstract

First-Year Seminars and Experiences that involve practical, creative work in the performing arts expose students to important academic and personal development habits early in their college careers. These case studies examine the use of performative pedagogies to reinforce the crucial skills that make First-Year Experiences a high-impact practice. Susan Kattwinkel writes about her use of performance creation to embody ethical debate in a course on theatre and ethical choice. Jim Davis outlines a devised theatre project that responds to a survey of political opinions among fellow students in the university. In both cases students learn to integrate personal experience and opinion with those of others to create complex and reasoned responses to difficult and important social issues.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Michelle Hayford
    • 1
  • Susan Kattwinkel
    • 2
  1. 1.Theatre, Dance, & Performance TechnologyUniversity of DaytonDaytonUSA
  2. 2.Theatre and DanceCollege of CharlestonCharlestonUSA

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