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Building Moral Communities Through Educational Drama


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Fills a wide gap in the research literature on effective teaching strategies to build better social skills, conflict management competence, and deep understanding of history, literature, and social interactions and organization.

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Introduction PART I: RESPONSE TO MORAL DILEMMAS IN LITERATURE AND HISTORY The World Is a Stage: Dramatic Enactment as Response to Literature, Peter Smagorinsky Reading in the Age of Testimony, Paula Salvio Making Lives Meaningful: Extending Perspectives Through Role-Play, Karen Hume and Gordon Wells PART II: CONFLICT RESOLUTION When Resolution Comes in Stages: How Drama Makes Good Use of Conflict, Jennifer Lynn Wolf and Shirley Brice Heath Using Drama to Teach Conflict Management, Holly Giffin and Katherine Rose Yaffe Attitudes, Behavior, and Moral Reasoning, Betty Jane Wagner PART III: DRAMA AS ENTREE TO THE WRITTEN WORD Building a Community that Values Historical Documents, Betty Jane Wagner Creating a Context for Persuasive Letter Writing, Betty Jane Wagner PART IV: TEACHER DEVELOPMENT A Lifetime of Drama Teaching and Research, Richard Courtney Creative Drama as Adult's Work, Joe Norris About the Authors Author Index Subject Index

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BETTY JANE WAGNER is an internationally recognized authority on the educational uses of drama in the classroom and on writing instrucation. The author of numerous books in the field, she is a professor in the College of Education at Roosevelt University and Director of the Chicago Area Writing Project.

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