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Neva Boyd, en lekteoretiker för dramapedagogik: En historisk fallstudie
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Ethnology, History of Religions and Gender Studies.
2014 (Swedish)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Neva Boyd, a play theorist for drama pedagogy : A historical case study (English)
Abstract [en]

This is a historical documentary research study across Neva Leona Boyd (1876-1963). The theoretical perspective is based on the historical perspective of knowledge from ancient Greece to the approach of modern symbolic interactionism. The study shows that Boyd, who was Viola Spolins teacher, was a proponent of the modern view of group play theory. 1909 she founded Chicago School for Playground Workers, later transformed to the Recreation Training School. Until 1927, the school entered in Hull-House initiated by Jane Addams. The school was incorporated with Northwestern University. Boyd also worked at other schools and the Illinois Department of Public Welfare, where she designed a recreational program for the mentally ill. Contemporary with Boyd was George H. Mead and John Dewey. Boyd's previous work turns out to have some connection to Sweden when Boyd collected and systematized games from different geographical regions of the world. Boyd’s group play theory are identified and described. Boyd’s group play theory highlights the importance of leadership and the intimacy leaders manage to create in group work.


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2014. , 59 p.
Keyword [en]
Chicago school, drama pedagogy, group play theory, Hull-House, Neva Boyd, reform education, recreation, Viola Spolin
Keyword [sv]
dramapedagogik, dramalek, grupplek, gruppleksteori, Chicagoskolan, drama, Hull-House, Neva Boyd, reformpedagogik, fritidsaktivitet, Viola Spolin, improvisation
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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Other Humanities not elsewhere specified Performing Art Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-115792OAI: diva2:811974
2014-11-05, 14:05 (Swedish)
Available from: 2015-06-26 Created: 2015-03-31 Last updated: 2015-08-04Bibliographically approved

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