Theatre and the First-Year Experience: Activities for Transdisciplinary Teaching
Contribution to Book
Greater emphasis on integrative learning in higher education has led to widespread adoption of the First-Year Experience (FYE), an interdisciplinary course usually centered on a contemporary theme, designed to introduce students to difficult texts, challenging assignments, campus events, and community service. This essay offers ways to incorporate theatre as an integral part of a team-taught FYE: how to use plays, performance, theatre games, and improvisation to engage students, encourage creativity, and develop critical thinking. The wide range of subjects in dramatic literature not only complements content from other fields, but serves the transdisciplinary function of connecting relevant learning across disciplines and to the real world. Learning thus transcends the confines of the subject areas to involve students in contemporary social, scientific, or political issues.
Anne Fliotsos & Gail S. Medford
Connelly, S. (2018). Theatre and the first-year experience: Activities for transdisciplinary teaching. In A. Flistsos & G.S. Medford (Eds.), New directions in teaching theatre arts (pp. 117-136). Palgrave Macmillan.
New Directions in Teaching Theatre Arts