Dr Peter Duffy is a guest speaker and masterclass facilitator at SDEA this September. The master teaching artist, education director and arts researcher will be in town sharing research on Drama, Cognition and Creativity in a talk co-presented by the SDEA and LASALLE College of the Arts on 22 September 2017. Sign up for the talk here.
His paper, Problem Finders in Problem Spaces, A Review of Cognitive Research for Drama in Education sheds light about the opportunities as well as problematic areas in integrating research between cognitive science, theatre and pedagogy. This paper was published in 2012 as part of the Youth Theatre Journal and can be found here.
Given recent developments in neuroscience, today’s research into cognition and learning theory makes it more possible to move beyond saying that learning happens through theatre and toward grounded theories about how that learning happens. The author considers the overlap between theatre practice and a review of recent cognition research. This article strives to accomplish three things: to summarise areas of cognitive research that could be of particular interest to theatre practitioners and researchers, to suggest possible areas of theatre research, and to share developments on ongoing work between cognition and theatre/drama in education.
Keywords: cognitive learning, research
Duffy, P (2012) Problem Finders in Problem Spaces: A Review of Cognitive Research for Drama in Education, Youth Theatre Journal, 26:2, 120-132, DOI: 10.1080/08929092.2012.723562