Module Identifier DR25910  
Academic Year 2006/2007  
Co-ordinator Mr David J Blumfield  
Semester Semester 2  
Other staff Ms Gill Ogden  
Course delivery Other   10 x 2 hour Lecture-Workshops  
  Other   1 x 1 hour viewing  
Assessment TypeAssessment Length/DetailsProportion
Semester Assessment Devise a fragment of Theatre & Education (20 minutes)50%
Semester Assessment Essay: 2000 words50%
Supplementary Assessment Resubmission of failed elements. Essay (2,500 words) to a new title. Devise an individual plan for a fragment of TiE (10 minutes) 

Learning outcomes

On completion of this module, students should be able to:

  1. Articulate an understanding of the educational, theatrical and philosophical issues pertinent to current TIE practice.
  2. To contribute positively to practical work, demonstrating a development of interpersonal, research and creative skills
  3. Manifest a practical and creative understanding of TIE as an individual, and as a member of a group.
  4. Give evidence of the ability to take responsibility for practical work by considering their contribution to the devising of a fragment of TIE and evaluating the skills required to do so.
  5. To present academically and practically, an understanding of process as an inherent part of the TIE experience, for both the performer and audience.
  6. Demonstrate, academically and practically, a mature analysis and reflection on the development of the child, personally, and within the learning context in the school.

Brief description

This is a module which consists of weekly hour-long lectures and a 2-hour workshop analyzing material which is purposefully challenging in both form and content. There is a strong emphasis on students developing ideas in a practical and intellectual way concerning the Theatre in Education process. It is important to note that students will be expected to make connections with the lecture material and the work developed in the practical sessions.


History and theory of Theatre in Education 1960 - 2004. Using a strong practical element to support academic development and understanding, the module aims to prepare the student for DR32820 as well as give each individual a thorough grounding in the principles and practice of TIE and its relationship to theatre, education and theatre studies.


Lectures, seminars and workshops will include the following areas of enquiry:

Lectures (10 in total)

  1. History and Theory of TIE
  2. The TIE facilitator and performer
  3. Participatory TIE
  4. TIE at home and abroad
  5. Training and professional development in TIE
  6. Current issues in TIE: local education authorities, curriculum and testing
  7. TIE and child development
  8. The national curriculum and its impact on TIE
  9. Running a company and touring schools
  10. Associated branches of practice: theatre in healthcare, prisons and probation

Workshops (10 in total)

  1. Definitions and Contexts: TIE as a learning medium and the school as a performing space
  2. The devising and scripting process, working as a company and workshop technique (1)
  3. The devising and scripting process, working as a company and workshop technique (2)
  4. The devising and scripting process, working as a company and workshop technique (3)
  5. The audience and the space
  6. Research techniques
  7. Research techniques
  8. Evaluating TIE programmes (1)
  9. Evaluating TIE programmes (2)
  10. Image and language in performance for children and young people

Module Skills

Problem_solving The student will be expected to analyse, reflect on, participate in, and anticipate problem solving during workshops, practicals and the devising of the fragment. The consideration and exploration of problems as an educational device is an integral constituent of the TIE process and is examined in depth during the module.  
Research skills Developed in preparation for, and as a result of, lectures, workshops and practical work, this skill will be assessed as part of the essay and fragment  
Communication An essential part of the academic and practical work, and an inherent part of TIE, this skill will be demonstrated, developed and assessed continuously, during this module.  
Improving own Learning and Performance As part of TIE methodology, and the heuristic methods of education it propounds, students will be evaluating their own process and performance as proof of their understanding of the module.  
Team work This skill is specifically addressed on the module and will be evaluated and assessed in relation to their contribution towards classwork and the creation of a TIE fragment.  
Information Technology This is not directly taught on the module, however, it relates to their work surrounding research skills, such as, collecting and collating information and contacting relevant people and resources. Extensive use of the internet is expected during the module.  
Application of Number There will be specfic reference to budgeting and funding on the module, but these areas are not directly assessed.  
Personal Development and Career planning Training and Professional development is a taught element on the module. Students will be aware that a positive assessment of their personal development will directly affect their chances of being registered for DR32820. The educational and therapeutic contexts explored on the course enables students to consider career options with greater accuracy.  
Subject Specific Skills Theatre in Education: Part One raises an awareness of a contemporary form of theatre and theatre studies with strong connections both nationally and internationally. Encouraging students to devise and present work in the field, both academically and practically, results in an experience which encompasses analysis, theory and practice. Students taking the module are constantly evaluating the complexities, connections and comparisons between theatre and education.  

Reading Lists

** Essential Reading
Boal, A (1992) Games for Actors and Non-Actors Routledge
Hopkins,E ((2005)) Playing Out Argraff, Cardiff
Jackson, T (1993) Learning Through Theatre Routledge
Oddey, A (2004) Devising Theatre Routledge
** Recommended Text
Casdagli, P., Gobey, F with Griffin., C (1990) Only Playing Miss! Trentham Books
Edwards, D (1998) The Shakespeare Factory, Moon River: The Deal, David Seren
Friere, P (1972) Pedagogy of the Oppressed Penguin
Johnson, L & O'Neill C (1984) Dorothy Heathcote: Collected Writings on Education and Drama Hutchinson
O'Toole, J (1992) The Process of Drama: Negotiating art and meaning Routledge
O'Toole, J (1976) Theatre in Education: New objectives for theatre - new techniques in education Unibooks
Redington, C (1983) Can Theatre Teach Pergamon
Robinson, K (1980) Exploring Theatre and Education Heinemann


This module is at CQFW Level 5