Life Drama : an arts education response to social and cultural challenges in Papua New Guinea

Baldwin, Andrea & Haseman, Bradley (2012) Life Drama : an arts education response to social and cultural challenges in Papua New Guinea. Asia Pacific Journal of Arts Education, 11(1), pp. 1-16.

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The Life Drama program is a theatre-based experiential learning program developed in Papua New Guinea over the past seven years. The Life Drama team recognises that a significant proportion of “education” for learners of all ages takes place outside formal education systems, particularly in developing nations such as Papua New Guinea. If arts education principles and practices are to contribute meaningfully and powerfully to resolving social and cultural challenges, it is important to recognise that many learners and educators will encounter and use these principles and practices outside of school or university settings. This paper briefly describes the Life Drama program and its context, highlights its two streams of operation (community educators and teacher educators) and indicates some ways in which an arts-based education initiative like Life Drama contributes to Goal 3 of the Seoul Agenda:“Apply arts education principles and practices to contribute to resolving the social and cultural challenges facing today‟s world.” In particular, the project addresses sub-goal 3b:“Recognize and develop the social and cultural well-being dimensions of arts education”.

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ID Code: 61787
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Arts education, Applied theatre, HIV, UNESCO Seoul Agenda, Papua New Guinea, Informal educational settings, Community educators
ISSN: 1683-6995
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Creative Arts Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy (130201)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Pacific Peoples Education (130311)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > International and Development Communication (200103)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2012 Hong Kong Institute of Education
Deposited On: 11 Nov 2013 23:15
Last Modified: 23 Jun 2015 01:39

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