Mantle of the Expert: Drama en actieonderzoek in het kunstonderwijs | Amsterdam University Press Journals Online
Volume 27, Issue 1
  • ISSN: 0779-7397
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Mantle of the Expert uses drama as a learning tool. This educational approach was developed in the UK and is gaining a foothold in Flanders too. The main idea behind Mantle of the Expert is that pupils complete their curriculum by acting as if they are a group of experts: scientists in a laboratory, archaeologists digging up a tomb, a rescue team facing a natural disaster … They take on the mantle of an expert and create a fictional world together with their teacher. Subsequently, they are cast to perform an important task for a client. Bob Selderslaghs introduced this method in Flanders, expanding it from a learning tool to a learning objective through participatory action research. He lists several prerequisites to help theatremakers and teaching artists turn young participants into full-fledged contributors to the artistic research and creation process.


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  • Article Type: Research Article
Keyword(s): art education; drama; kunsteducatie; participatie; participation
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