UNESCO-NIE Centre for Arts Research in Education (CARE)

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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.


1.      Drama Education Today – What Is It?                                                      11th April

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?

Speakers: Alvin Tan, Janice Koh, Jean Ng, Sean Tobin

Moderator: Kenneth Kwok

Drama Education Today – What Is It?  from CARE on Vimeo.


2.      Drama Education in Singapore – What Really Matters?                      16th May

How has Drama Education developed in Singapore and what were its beginnings? Who were the pioneers and what are the links with today? What are the needs of contemporary Singapore and how can Drama Education feature in strengthening Singapore society? What are the perceptions and MIS-perceptions that complicate the story?

Speakers: Kang Chee Hui, Kok Heng Leun, Nazreen Osman, Noorlinah Mohd

Moderator: Charlene Rajendran

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vCirDNkSmn9bxsFAu9snWY2WNXrBSJhpd9jQya1biRg/viewform

Drama Education in Singapore – What Really Matters?  from CARE on Vimeo.

3.      Drama Education in Schools – What Are The Choices?                       30th May

What are some changes in the landscape of education that make Drama Education an important choice? What is involved in developing and participating in this area of arts education? Who are the stakeholders and how do they respond to Drama in Schools? Is this really a useful subject and should our children choose to study Drama? 

Speakers: Kenneth Kwok, Ng Chen Yin, Simon Reynolds, T. Sasitharan

Moderator: Michele Lim

Registration: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1rJjMNeEhqiaJBD6sODNdF-5xraWlrHgd-hMUeuuq6iY/viewform


For more information on the speakers and moderators, please download our event handouts in the attachments. 


11 April 2014 - 30 May 2014

Dates: 11 April, 16 May & 30 May (Fridays)

Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm

Venue: Open Stage, library@esplanade

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