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Making a crisis out of a drama: the relationship between English and Drama within the English curriculum for ages 11-14

Pitfield, Maggie. 2006. Making a crisis out of a drama: the relationship between English and Drama within the English curriculum for ages 11-14. Changing English, 13(1), pp. 97-109. ISSN 1358-684X [Article]

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This paper critiques a recent initiative arising from the British Government's National Literacy Strategy for secondary schools. The initiative focuses on Drama within the English curriculum for 11-14-year-olds (Key Stage 3). Taking issue with the imposition on Drama of the objectives-led curriculum model of the Key Stage 3 Framework for teaching English, I examine whether the 'focus on Drama' during 2003/04 has led to a higher profile for Drama within English and facilitated curriculum collaboration between English and Drama teachers, as claimed. The article draws on evidence from a small-scale research project involving student teachers of English and Drama on teaching practice in London schools. I conclude that the KS3 Framework model of curriculum development and training does not promote collaboration in English and Drama teaching that is genuinely creative, and I identify some approaches which could offer an alternative.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/13586840500523547

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Educational Studies

Dates:

DateEvent
2006Published

Item ID:

4685

Date Deposited:

02 Feb 2012 14:42

Last Modified:

27 Jun 2017 09:44

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/4685

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