ED3DTSN-Drama and Theatre in Special Needs Education

Module Provider: Institute of Education
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Pre-requisites: ED2DATE Drama and Theatre in Education
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Module version for: 2017/8

Module Convenor: Mr Ilan Dwek

Email: i.g.dwek@reading.ac.uk

Summary module description:
This module provides students with an opportunity to explore working through drama and theatre techniques in a special needs context.

The aims of this module are:
oTo identify what constitutes a ‘special educational need’ and to understand how such needs are provided for in the education system
oTo explore the contribution drama & theatre can make in the education of young people with a wide variety of special educational needs, but with particular emphasis upon those with learning disabilities
oTo develop a range of practical strategies and skills in the teaching of drama to young people with special educational needs
oTo deepen knowledge and understanding of the importance of promoting young peoples’ independence within and beyond the drama workshop.

Assessable learning outcomes:
On successful completion of the module, students will be able to:
•Monitor and evaluate the development of their thinking in this area, relating practical work to background literature.
•Develop their own practical ideas for drama sessions and play an active part in the presentation of a piece of devised theatre/ practical workshop involving a group of young people with special educational needs.
•Critically evaluate the process and results of their group practical projects
•Organise their material and articulate their arguments effectively in both written work and in discussion.

Additional outcomes:
Students will develop the skills and confidence, particularly with respect to communications with diverse groups, for future work in this field.

Outline content:
The module begins with a practical exploration of what young people with special needs can learn in drama, relating practical work to the underpinning theory. It will examine the implications that special educational needs have for structuring a 'drama' session. Students will be exposed to the skills and strategies which can be used within the context of drama and special educational needs in order to equip them with practised methods while simultaneously stimulating their own ideas and creativity. Students will visit schools in order to find out about special education and in small groups develop a project which will provide them with first-hand experience of working with young people with special educational needs. This module will focus on teaching drama, not teaching through drama.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
The module will open with a lecture on the current and historical context of SEN and there will then be practical workshop/seminar discussions, requiring preparatory research and reading. These will be given by various Institute of Education staff. The students will participate in exploratory practical sessions and formulate their own creative ideas for drama sessions which could be used in specific situations. There will be one study visit to a special educational needs school and students will employ the skills they have developed over the module in a final practical project with the pupils from the school. It is expected that students will organise a minimum of 2 independent visits to the school to meet with their workshop class, prior to the workshop.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 6
Seminars 6
Project Supervision 6
Practicals classes and workshops 12
Fieldwork 20
External visits 6
Guided independent study 144
Total hours by term 200.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written assignment including essay 50
Project output other than dissertation 50

Other information on summative assessment:
1 x 50mins drama workshop (50%)
1 x 3,000 word evaluative essay (50%)

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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.

    Length of examination:

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    The nature of the practical project normally makes resubmission impractical. Re-assessment will therefore normally be by extended written work appropriate to the nature of the original project (e.g. detailed planning for a group theatre piece). Written essays can be resubmitted. Reassessment will be undertaken during the Summer resit period.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
    1) Required text books: Via TALIS – no purchases required
    2) Specialist equipment or materials:
    3) Specialist clothing, footwear or headgear:
    4) Printing and binding: £10.00 maximum for creation of a Teacher’s Pack for the workshop at Addington School
    5) Computers and devices with a particular specification:
    6) Travel, accommodation and subsistence: £10.00 if travelling by bus or car to Addington School from the London Road campus [total of at least 4 visits]. Nil if travelling on foot

    Last updated: 31 March 2017

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