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Critical Thinking Resources

Articles on Critical Thinking in Theater

  1. Bailin, S. (1998). Critical Thinking and Drama Education. Research in Drama Education. 3 (2), 145-153.

    This article focuses on a study which examined critical thinking and drama education. Details on the prevalent conceptions of critical thinking; Listings of dimensions of critical thinking; Definition of critical thinking.

  2. Kindelan, N. (2010). Demystifying experiential learning in the performing arts. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, (124), 31-37. PRINT COPY AVAILABLE ON THE 2nd FLOOR OF STROZIER LIBRARY

    In this article, the author illustrates how the preparation of a theater student's undergraduate honors thesis on dramaturgy and "The Laramie Project" promotes intentional learning through emphasizing critical thinking and analytical skills as well as developing leadership and citizenship skills.

  3. McKinnon, J. (2011). Creative Copying?: The Pedagogy of Adaptation. Canadian Theatre Review. 147, p55-60

    This study discusses the learning the tools and techniques of adaptation puts creativity within the grasp of 'ordinary' students and motivates them to create works of their own by emulation, quotation, and parody.

  4. McKinnon, J. & Upton, R. (2013). Does Adaptive Dramaturgy Offer a Productive Model for Developing Creative and Critical Thinking Skills? New Zealand Journal of Research in Performing Arts & Education: Nga Mahi a Rehia. 4, 1-18

    This essay explores the first stages of an experiment that uses scholarship on dramatic adaptation to develop and link creative and critical skills in a course on dramaturgy at Victoria University of Wellington.

  5. Orr, S. (2003). Teaching play analysis: How a key dramaturgical skill can foster critical approaches.

    Development of an introductory theater course which encourages students to fashion well-informed views of plays which foster skills that could start students on the road to becoming active, critically informed practitioners in whatever role they chose to take on in production.

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