Improvisational teaching as mode of knowing

Journal of Aesthetic Education 45 (3):103-113 (2011)
Theatrical improvisation is a joyful, creative, and playful activity of discovery and a spontaneous process. It seems to be the opposite of teaching, which requires proper planning and advance thinking and seems a very “serious business” that deals with values and knowledge. Improvisation is shaped by flexibility and by transformative and equal relations among the participants. In contrast, there is in education usually a very clear hierarchy of teacher and pupils, and the relationships are mostly managed in a one-way direction. This seemingly reasonable comparison of opposites can be continued and developed. If we look beyond these superficial, stereotypical, and binary images of improvisation and teaching ..
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