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Drama and Spirituality: reflective connections

Grainger, Teresa and Kendall-Seatter, Sue (2003). Drama and Spirituality: reflective connections. International Journal of Children's Spirituality, 8(1) pp. 25–32.

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This paper illustrates the powerful role that drama can play in facilitating spiritual development. The opportunities offered through the experience of improvisation are explored through a detailed examination of a single drama session. The children's engagement in and reflection upon the drama are seen as sensitive vehicles to build a sense of community, increase self-knowledge, develop empathy, search for meaning and purpose and experience a sense of the transcendent. Examples are given of children's responses, both oral and written, to illuminate possible reflective connections between drama and spiritual growth.

Item Type: Journal Item
ISSN: 1364-436X
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport > Education
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS) > Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
Faculty of Wellbeing, Education and Language Studies (WELS)
Research Group: Centre for Research in Education and Educational Technology (CREET)
Education Futures
Item ID: 12522
Depositing User: Colin Smith
Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2008 07:47
Last Modified: 02 May 2018 12:55
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