Teaching for Deep Understanding in an Ethnographic Theatre Course: Undergraduate Professional Education for a New Era
Teaching for Deep Understanding in an Ethnographic Theater Course is a workshop/presentation that focuses on learning in an arts-based environment. It examines, through interactive demonstrations, how ethnographic theater course work impacted students' awareness, aesthetic development, and learning. The workshop is designed as a practical conversation for educators who are interested in how to teach multiple-methodological types of courses and how to infuse inter-disciplinarity into the curriculum while maintaining a sense of integrity for art-making. The workshop focuses on the affect of methods designed for the course Theatre 460: Ethnographic Storytelling and Drama, taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Discussion and explorations revolve around how the course was conceptualized, the procedures and protocols created, engagement and collaborations developed, learnings and outcomes experienced by students and faculty, and the resulting works-in-progress/performances. Also, the workshop will present findings from evaluation activities that were/are aligned with Theatre 460. This workshop also examines findings from research done on the learning and instruction within this course. It describes how and what student participants learned through participating in the making of creative theatrical experiences.
Keywords: Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Deep Understanding, Arts-Based Methods, Theater Education, Course Development
Dr. Robin Mello
Associate Professor, Director of Theatre Education Program, Department of Theater, University of Wisconsin