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Organised by the UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE), the Drama Education Dialogues are a series of three public forums that explore issues related to the importance and development of Drama Education in Singapore. They provide an open and discursive platform where ideas about Drama Education can be examined and discussed by a range of people that include educators and artists, principals and teachers, students and parents. We hope to draw members of the public into a useful dialogue about the value and importance of Drama Education, as well as raise questions and concerns about how to approach this area of work in the contemporary context.
Alvin was invited to be a speaker, together with Janice Koh, Jean Ng and Sean Tobin, on the topic Drama Education Today – What Is It?.
Questions discussed during the session included the following:
What is the scope and purpose of Drama Education in the 21st century? How does it address the needs of students preparing to join the workforce in the coming decades? What are the skills and knowledges that Drama provides and builds? What is the difference between Drama as a subject, pedagogy and as a co-curricular activity? What is it all about? What is it NOT about?
The session was moderated by Kenneth Kwok.