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‘What Theatre is All About’: Students’ Experiences of the Swedish Theatre Arts Program
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Education in Arts and Professions.
2011 (English)In: Youth Theatre Journal, ISSN 0892-9092, Vol. 25, no 1, 75-86 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The Arts Program has been available for Swedish upper secondary school students since the beginning of the 1990’s. The program, which has a nationally standardized curriculum, has become one of the most popular study programs. Currently, the upper secondary school system is subject to reform. This paper examines students’ experiences of choosing Theatre as their main subject in upper secondary education. A preliminary analysis is presented, based on data from an open-ended inquiry answered by 30 students. The students’ responses actualise the dimension between drama as personal development and theatre as artistic performance. There seems to be consensus about theatre studies generating both personal development and specific skills. The students also appreciate the variation and stimulation that theatre brings compared to ‘ordinary’ school subjects. This is true even for less motivated students who claim that theatre helps them to make it through upper secondary school. ‘Theatre is underestimated – it does more for you than you believe.’

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Routledge , 2011. Vol. 25, no 1, 75-86 p.
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Pedagogical Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-55676DOI: 10.1080/08929092.2011.569473OAI: diva2:405980
Available from: 2011-03-24 Created: 2011-03-24 Last updated: 2011-08-18Bibliographically approved

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