Austin Powers meets Robin Hood: exploring texts through drama

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Show simple item record Ragan, Barbara S. 2015-08-25T22:03:55Z 2015-08-25T22:03:55Z 2006-05
dc.description Thesis (M.Ed.) University of Alaska Fairbanks, 2006 en_US
dc.description.abstract This research project followed an ethnically and culturally diverse, sixth-grade classroom as they shared and constructed meaning from a selected text through a variety of drama activities. Unlike most studies on drama in the classroom, this research project examined the relationship between social construction of meaning through multiple literacies and the influence this has on student engagement. This study is centered in sociocultural theory, the central premise of which describes human thought as constituted by and originating from language-based social interactions with others. This research project also addressed the concept of multiple literacies and how it applied to the extension of communication choices beyond that of just language. It included drama, film, video, computer technology, visual arts, and music. As traditional forms of reading, writing, and communicating take on new literary forms, students need to be prepared and encouraged to critically think about the information they are exploring, especially in the area of media literacy. Through participant observation, field notes, fieldwork journal entries, audio and video recording, and interviews, I analyzed the students' social learning experiences, and their use of a variety of literacies to enhance and extend the traditional methods of reading, writing, speaking, and listening. en_US
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dc.title Austin Powers meets Robin Hood: exploring texts through drama en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US med en_US
dc.identifier.department School of Education Graduate Program en_US

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