The Idea of developing a course for theatre in education is to enliven the education experience by preparing professionals who are well versed in theatre methods having a deep understanding and knowledge about children. Through the course content student’s teachers will learn that theatre can aid in understanding personal and human experiences and they will also learn how to allow children to enter into the reality of imaginary situation and characters. Besides subject matter children can explore emotions, attitude, opinions and relationships and can accommodate these abstract concepts more readily by representing them in a dramatic and therefore more concrete form.
The course will teach that drama makes constant demands on a person’s imaginations and develops a child’s ability to think more effectively. A student involved in a theatre activity engages in several thinking skills, such as; inventing, inducing, deducing, reasoning, analyzing, accommodating, selecting, refining sequencing and judging. Such an experience will enable theatre artistes to contribute in socially responsible ways to the growth of children.
The course has been designed in a multi disciplinary manner to equip students will theatre expertise while they are familiarized with the basis of theatre history, design, content and stagecraft. What makes this course in child development, the student of theatre is provided with linkages between the potential of drama and the classroom. There is a strong attempt to provide holistic training by rich, field-based experiences where prospective student teachers will be guided to integrate their learning and create mediated environments and understand applicability for children. The guided fieldwork and hands-on-work will enable students to experience the significance of theatre as a tool for communication and a medium that addresses multiple competencies, making learning enjoyable for children.