How important is the cultural influence?

This might be a tricky question. What is your educational culture in drama teaching? Each country has its own educational identity that affects communication between students and teachers, permissions students have or don’t have, ways of processing information and so on. In what way do you think the national educational identity drama education in your country? Even if there’s no drama education in your country, this still could be related to the educational culture of the country.

Dutch-FlagCompared to some countries there is relative equality between teacher and pupil in the Netherlands. There is an open style of communication which creates an opportunity for joint research, which is of course an important learning strategy is when you want to learn about an art form. The downside is that additional emphasis on social safety and behavior is required, because a relatively large noise may occur in the classroom.

Don’t forget to mention te country you live in when you leave a reply.

3 comments

  1. Holger says:

    calolld Some confusion arises, I mean a kind of national identity, or national character. People say that the Dutchmen are noisy and open in communication, I guess there’s a kind of truth in that and I recognize it in my lessons. Do you think the British also have a kind of national identity (in how they interact fore instance) and if so, in what way does that influence your drama lessons? I know it’s a strange question (I’m sorry).

  2. calolld says:

    I’m not sure what you mean by the cultural influence.
    If you mean the children’s home culture I’ve always taught in London where schools have a wide range of home backgrounds and languages. Whatever their views on the style of education provided almost all children and parents have seen the value that drama brings to the learning experience in any subject area.

    If you mean the influence of artistic and popular culture outside school most of the children I teach have very little experience of the theatre and we take this into consideration when providing drama in education companies in school or trips out to recognised Children’s theatres.

  3. The strong tradition of children‘s and youth‘s theatre, which goes from Jesuits theatre (XVI-XVIII c.) is kept in Lithuania. So the educational culture of teaching theatre is based on creative cooperation. Teachers who make performances try to prepare young actors well by applying creative methods, especially improvisation. They use many children‘s ideas in their staging work. Very young children learn to act role doing that with teachers or more experienced children or rather with parents.

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