Drama for Development and Expression

  • John O’Toole
Part of the Landscapes: the Arts, Aesthetics, and Education book series (LAAE, volume 6)

This chapter explores our second Paradigm of Purpose, the expressive/developmental: the many-faceted claims and the often-implicit assumptions that drama can be used as an instrument of personal and social development, and the expression of ‘self’ or ‘selves’. This entails going back to early childhood. The first chapter of this book started with a brief exploration of dramatic play. The idea that dramatic play is important to the development of particularly the young child is accepted virtually without argument by psychologists, educationalists and of course drama educators. Maisie Cobby was a 1950s British drama adviser and passionate advocate of the idea that teaching drama is making plays – namely formal theatre (a contested notion that we shall hear much more of).


Progressive Education Creative Class Drama Therapy Child Drama Dramatic Play 
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  • John O’Toole
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  1. 1.The University of MelbourneFitzroy North VIC 3068Australia

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