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Drama Education in Croatia Today - An Experience Based Story


The author gives a personal overview of the development of drama education in Croatia in the last twenty years and presents the ideas, conclusions, strategies and achievements in the field of practice and theory of drama pedagogy of which he was not only a witness but an active protagonist. Strongly moved by the warfare situation in the first half of the 1990s and its devastating consequences for life of individuals and societies the contemporary drama education in Croatia developed not only as a kind of arts education, but as a didactic approach with important psycho-social, developmental and educational outcomes and effects. Ever since these post-war years the enthusiasm of Croatian teachers and educationalists for drama education was nourished by the international movement of drama and theatre education worldwide. In the course of the years Croatian drama pedagogues, organized in the Croatian Centre for Drama Education, were catching the pace with drama education in other countries but also met numerous questions and dilemmas, in theory and in practice, about purposes and objectives, methods and strategies, as well as about the effects and outcomes of their work and profession. In his review the author is mainly concerned with the implantation of drama education and pedagogy in the Croatian educational system.

Keywords: Drama/theatre educationdrama pedagogycreative drama/theatre work with children and youthNational Curriculum Framework

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Published online: 30.08.2015
Pages: 349-361
Publisher: Future Academy
In: Volume 14, Issue 3
DOI: 10.15405/ejsbs.176
Online ISSN: 2301-2218
Article Type: Original Research
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