We, the ‘Free Besieged’: Theatre Pedagogy in teaching poems
Simos Papadopoulos, assistant professor, Department of Primary Education, Democritus University of Thrace, Greece
Workshop 2,5 hours
Part of the 2018 ATHENS GREECE INTERNATIONAL THEATRE/DRAMA & EDUCATION CONFERENCE
organised by the Hellenic Theatre/Drama & Education Network (TENet-Gr)
Teaching Literature, in particular poems, at school using drama techniques, is still an unknown practice to a lot of teachers, despite its theoretical foundation and its scientific consolidation in the Pedagogical and Didactics Science field for decades. With conviction arising from the relevant bibliography as well as the long research experience which I have gained from the application of these methods during the metacquisition and interpretation of literature texts for audiences of all ages, I believe that the meeting of Literature with Theatre Pedagogy works primarily educationally, multiplying the benefits of teaching Poems, thanks to students' representational, experiential engagement.These views are going to be highlighted in the experiential workshop entitled: We, "the Free Besieged": Theatre Pedagogy in teaching Poems, which is going to use elements of the drama-pedagogical method of inquiry drama, underpinned by appropriate drama techniques, in order to reinforce participants' poetic experience in the environment of the team's drama animation.The workshop aims at sensitizing and instructing participants, so that they reflect and comprehend, through drama- scenic action, the high philosophical notions as well as the ethical and spiritual values which are shown in the poem Free Besieged by DionysiosSolomos and be able to develop the acquired experience in students' audiences in formal, non-formal and informal education
Dr. Simos Papadopoulos graduated from the department of Primary Education and earned a Ph.D from the Faculty of Philosophy, both at the University of Athens. His Ph.D thesis has the title: “The Use of Drama and its Implications in Teaching in the Course of Language in Primary School”. Currently, he is Assistant Professor of Theatre Pedagogy at the department of Primary Education of the Democritus University of Thrace and drama animator. His work focuses on drama and pedagogic research and writing. He has published his work in journals and collective volumes, edited academic books, attended national and international scientific conferences, as instructor or presenter and has participated in research programs and committees. Two of his most noteworthy studies are: “Drama Language: Using Inquiry Drama on Language Teaching” (Kedros Editions, 2007) and “Theatre Pedagogy” (2010). He is particularly interested in theatre pedagogy, drama teaching, drama text analysis, theatre for young people, Brecht’s and Chekhov’s plays etc.