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Type: Thesis
Title: Through drama to cross cultural understanding : ... the use of drama methodology in the development of positive attitudes towards Japanese culture by a select group of Australian Year Seven students studying aspects of Kabuki theatre / by Janett Kajic Jackson.
Author: Jackson, Janett Kajic
Issue Date: 1993
School/Discipline: Dept. of Education
Abstract: This thesis looks at the viability of using a Japanese performance text written in 1746 as a basis for developing a series of lessons that can be implemented with a class of students. The study highlights the component parts that were used in the lessons, the way in which the lessons were devised and the impact the lessons had on the students. The author argues that students’ attitudes can be influenced in a positive direction towards the Japanese culture through the use of drama methodology. Further to this, the influence of the chosen text and the theatrical style on the students’ own writing for performance is examined. Throughout the process the clarity and impact on depth of insight into the students’ own culture were evaluated. In the investigation a range of pre and post data based on ideas from Triandis; Girod; and White and Gunstone focused attention on knowledge gained and understandings that occurred. The research shows drama’s ability to engage students through empathetic creative reenactments, storytelling and active participation with their whole body, emotions and thoughts. The process used was highly influential in promoting personal transformation, the understanding of critical social issues and power structures.
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