The imagination at work within the dramatic play of pre-adolescent girls

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Title The imagination at work within the dramatic play of pre-adolescent girls
Author Dunn, Julie Patricia
Journal Name The Applied Theatre Researcher/IDEA Journal
Editor Penny Bundy and John O'Toole
Year Published 2006
Place of publication Australia
Publisher The Centre for Public Culture and Ideas/Applied Theatre Research
Abstract Preadolescent children are capable of developing complex, collaborative dramatic play 'texts', while also being able to reflect upon and describe their 'inner experiences' during this play. These reflections have the potential to provide useful insights into the operation of the imagination during play. This paper describes the findings relating to the imagination that emerged from a qualitative research project conducted to examine the dramatic play of one group of preadolescent girls. Using video recordings of their play sessions and player interviews as the primary data sources, this paper outlines findings around three key areas: what drove the players to play; what topics/contexts they played out; and most importantly, what they 'saw' as they played. It suggests that these girls played to generate experiences that felt 'real', that their play texts predominantly focused on dangerous and supernatural situations, and that the visualisations generated by their imaginations during play were influenced by a range of contextual and personal engagement factors.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.griffith.edu.au/arts-languages-criminology/centre-public-culture-ideas/publications/applied-theatre-researcheridea-journal/issues
Volume 7
Page from 1
Page to 13
ISSN 1443-1726
Date Accessioned 2007-03-13
Language en_AU
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research
Faculty Faculty of Education
Subject PRE2009-Drama, Theatre and Performance Studies
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/13730
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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