ED2BDL-Drama for Learning

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Mr Simon Floodgate

Email: s.floodgate@reading.ac.uk

Type of module:

Summary module description:

This module introduces students to drama as a learning method and as an art form, within education. Students will experience, research, discuss and reflect on a range of drama activities and techniques to encourage learning through drama.


The module aims to introduce students to the purposes and the context of drama within formal education settings and to develop their skills as drama facilitators. Through practical experience and critical analysis, they will evaluate the importance of drama and theatre experiences for learning.

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of this module, it is expected that students will be able to:

• Engage in practical exploration and analysis of a range of drama skills, techniques and activities 

• Work effectively and independently in small groups to devise, deliver and resource practical projects 

• Critically discuss the planning process and impact of group practical work, drawing on appropriate theory.

• Critically evaluate examples of drama and theatre for learning

• Critically reflect on how drama for learning might impact upon the individual and society


Additional outcomes:

Students will gain transferable skills to enhance employability, such as communication and presentation, planning and organisation, as well as independent research and writing. Through taking responsibility for devising, rehearsing and resourcing practical group projects, they will develop key skills such as creative problem-solving, leadership and collaborative group work: taking initiative or supporting others as appropriate.

Outline content:

Following an introduction to the theory and practice of drama for learning, students engage in drama workshops, and developing activities from stimuli such as stories and visual images. Discussion of the aims and effectiveness of practical work supports their own drama planning. The module explores ways in which drama and theatre can develop learning. Students will have an opportunity to develop their own ideas for workshops for learners. Students will be able to view and evaluate appropriate drama and theatre productions. 

Global context:

This module develops students’ critical understanding and awareness of personal, local and global issues within drama and citizenship education

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module is taught through practical sessions, interactive lectures and discussion, with individual and group research and presentations

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 4
Tutorials 2
Project Supervision 2
Practicals classes and workshops 30
Supervised time in studio/workshop 2
External visits 4
Guided independent study 156
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 100

Summative assessment- Examinations:

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

One written essay of approximately 2500 words (100%)

Formative assessment methods:

There will be formative presentations in class with verbal feedback and peer review.

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at: http://www.reading.ac.uk/web/FILES/qualitysupport/penaltiesforlatesubmission.pdf
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:


    Reassessment arrangements:

    Re-submission during the summer resit period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Required text books - The essential text books for this module can be seen on the online reading list.  A selection of these texts are available either in the library or through access to UoR online resources. Alternatively, you may be able to source reading materials through a number of online retailers where they may be obtained at a lower cost than the publisher’s recommended price.

    Travel, accommodation and subsistence - There may be visits to relevant organisations during this module. If so, travel costs plus any theatre tickets would need to be paid by the student. This could cost approximately £40.

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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