Drama-based Pedagogy (Book)

Activating Learning Across the Curriculum

Drama-Based Pedagogy examines the mutually beneficial relationship between drama and education, championing the versatility of drama-based teaching and learning designed in conjunction with the classroom curriculum. Written by seasoned educators and based upon their own extensive experience in diverse learning contexts, this book bridges the gap between theories of drama in education and classroom practice.

Category: Performing Arts


Drama-based Pedagogy promotes the relationship between drama and education, championing the versatility of drama-based teaching tools designed in conjunction with classroom curriculum. Written by highly experienced teachers who have collated their work over an extended period of time, this book bridges the gap between drama in education theories and actual classroom practice. With its extensive range of tried and tested strategies, plans and activities, Drama-based Pedagogy provides a uniquely accessible yet scholarly manual for those who work, think, train and learn in educational or artistic settings and contexts. It is the perfect companion to professional development and university courses, as well as for already established educators who wish to increase student discourse, reflection and understanding of virtually any subject matter in an authentic and communicative way.

Kathryn Dawson is an assistant professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at the University of Texas.

Bridget Kiger Lee is a post-doctoral research fellow at Ohio State University, who wishes to increase student engagement and ownership of learning.

Part I: Why Use DBP?

Origins of Drama for Schools’ Drama-Based Pedagogy

What Is Drama-Based Pedagogy?

Introduction to DBP Learning Design

Part II:
 What Is DBP?

DBP Strategies 

Activating Dialogue

Theatre Game as Metaphor

Image Work

Role Work

Part III: 
How Is DBP Used?

Review of the Dbp Learning Approach

Examples of Dbp Learning Design in Action

Further Considerations in Dbp Learning Design

“DBP offers students of all abilities choices for self-expression. Instead of limiting communication to speaking and writing, DBP allows complex student thought, feelings, and ideas to be represented an infinite number of ways – physically, tactilely, aurally, and visually, to name just a few.” – Talleri A. McRae, Arts Access, Inclusion and Education Consultant

“DBP is an engaging practice for anyone hoping to spark authentic dialogue with their learning communities. I have used these strategies to teach core content, engage youth in social issues, and create artistic projects.” – Nitra Gutiérrez, Creative Learning Instructional Coach, Austin Independent School District.

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