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Drama-based instruction in the visual arts: A teacher’s action research journey

  • Author(s): Dawson, Kathryn M
  • Cawthon, Stephanie W
  • Ihorn, Shasta
  • Judd-Glossy, Laura
  • et al.
Abstract

This article tells the story of Jenny Harrison, a visual arts middle school teacher who became an Action Research Teacher (ART) fellow in Drama for Schools, a professional development program in drama-based instruction. Through an action research model of teacher training and her own line of inquiry, Jenny investigated how drama-based instruction impacted her teaching and her students’ articulation of visual arts concepts. Artifacts from this project include interview transcripts, teacher reflections, student work-products, and lesson plans. The integration of drama-based instruction into Jenny’s visual arts curriculum paved the way for in-depth, intentional learning for students, for herself, and for the Drama for Schools program.

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