REAL Pedagogy: Integrating Theatre Arts to Enhance STEM Education

Friday, September 30, 2016
Location & Time: 

ICAT Learning Studio (Moss Arts Center 253A)
8:30 – 9:30am

Speaker: Barbara Lockee, School of Education; Megan Atkinson, Barter Theater

This presentation will feature an ICAT SEAD project that focuses on the creation of a teacher professional development program that employed theatre arts techniques to engage high school students in STEM learning. This initiative is based on the successful work of Project REAL—Reinforcing Education through Artistic Learning, an outreach project of the Barter Theater in Abingdon, VA, the state theatre of Virginia. From a learning sciences perspective, these strategies are based on the principles of embodied cognition and implicit learning for instruction across the curriculum. Through bringing together experts in theatre arts, and instructional design, the project team is striving to create an evidence-based model for enhanced student engagement and positive learning gains.