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Thursday, May 12, 2016

The Benefits of Using Theater to Teach Core Subjects in Academia

The Benefits of Using Theater to Teach Core Subjects in Academia

The benefits of using drama in education are many. Students learn to work out life dramas or problems in a safe way and effectively develop intuitive, communicative, and social skills.  Trying different roles provided in drama education is a way to enhance personality and career development by trying on different roles.  Theater arts enhance creativity and abstract thinking,   broaden horizons, and allow students to experience different personas and personality types.  Interactive observation and learning are experienced through physical action, while encouraging positive attitudes about cooperation and entertainment. Theater arts and drama education encourage problem solving in an engaging way, appreciation of the arts and how strongly they interact with all areas of life. 

Creativity goes a long way in any career.  Problem-solving skills are enhanced by acting through different scenarios. Trying out different personas can help students to safely try out new careers through acting them out.  Their ability to act and make decisions about those actions will enhance life success.  Students can develop different career personas they can rely on in real life. A valuable lesson is the development of the outer personality that will successfully carry the student through a career of their choosing.

The development of abstract thinking can aid in learning of mathematics and the sciences. The addition of being able to think creatively and artistically is a boon to those who will enter these professions.  The ability to consider the human side of issues can lead to better consideration of subjects with respect to scientific and statistical testing.  The ability to think beyond the numbers will put a more rational perspective to findings.
Theater arts allow educators to directly observe a student's strengths and areas of further education.  Drama study increases concentration and comprehension and promotes a sense of achievement. Creating a believable character is not always easy.  Achievement can promote a deeper understanding of psychological and behavioral traits and issues of individual and groups.  What an advantage for a future psychology or sociology major!

Drama helps students develop moral issues and values through exploration of different acting personalities and can guide them in additional values. Drama can enhance other areas of the curriculum such as social studies.  If they play characters from other countries, they can explore different cultural behaviorisms and traditions. They can consider values and moral issues from different perspectives.

Historical learning is an advantage of using theater arts in education.  Playing historical characters gives students room to explore historical cultures and motivations, which can lead to understanding of the development of social and artistic culture. A richer life with a well-rounded experience is an advantage which can also lead to lifelong learning, a sense of curiosity, and confidence.

Finally, the use of theater arts and drama to teach core curriculum is a way to clean, cultural entertainment. Singing, dancing, and drawing are adjunct skills which can be part of the dramatic learning process.  Dancing has the advantage of teaching the fitness component in an entertaining and physically engaging way, while drawing develops fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination.


Works Cited

Education, Maryland State Department of. Assessing Fine Arts Learning. 2006. Assessing Fine Arts Learning. 12 May 2016. .
Papa, Lisa, Loriana Romano and Elita. Saulle. 12 Fascinating Ways to Use Drama in the Curriculum. n.d. K-12 Teachers Alliance. 12 May 2016. .

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