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From Drama Text to Stage Text: Transitions of Text Understanding in a Student Theatre Production

Journal article
Authors Martin Göthberg
Cecilia Björck
Åsa Mäkitalo
Published in Mind, Culture and Activity
Volume 25
Issue 3
Pages 247-262
ISSN 1074-9039
Publication year 2018
Published at The Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction, and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS)
Department of Education, Communication and Learning
Pages 247-262
Language en
Keywords theatre education; role-play; sociocultural; text understanding; video.
Subject categories Performing Arts, Learning, Educational Sciences


ABSTRACT: Exploring how text understanding evolves through interaction in a drama-text based student theatre production, the present study takes its theoretical point of departure in sociocultural and dialogical approaches to meaning making and creativity. Video data from a Swedish upper secondary school allowed us to follow transitions of text understanding in the artistic shaping of characters from drama text to stage text. We analyze a special kind of communicative side projects; short, recurrent student-initiated role-plays, embedded in teacher-led activities. The joint text understanding that was established

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