A1 Journal article (refereed)
Drama in Education for Sustainability : Becoming Connected through Embodiment (2020)

Lehtonen, A., Österlind, E., & Viirret, T. L. (2020). Drama in Education for Sustainability : Becoming Connected through Embodiment. International Journal of Education and the Arts, 21, Article 19. https://doi.org/10.26209/ijea21n19

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Lehtonen, Anna; Österlind, Eva; Viirret, Tuija Leena

Journal or series: International Journal of Education and the Arts

eISSN: 1529-8094

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 21

Article number: 19

Publisher: Penn State Libraries Open Publishing

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26209/ijea21n19

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Open Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/71455


In this article, we argue that drama can serve as an interconnecting method for climate change education. In this study, we elaborate the practice of drama and participation experiences through three drama workshops: 1) process drama work on the global, social, and individual aspects of climate change, 2) outdoor drama practice on relations to nature, and 3) reflections through drama practice. The human dimension of the sustainability issues, conditions of interdependence, and collaboration were explored and manifested through the drama practices, which created frames for embodied, creative and cognitive dialogues between people with different perspectives. Being differently—as experienced through the embodied, collective, and creative practices of drama—seemed to promote experiences of interconnectedness, widen perspectives of sustainability, and motivate acting differently.

Keywords: drama education; environmental education; environmental awareness; arts-based methods; sustainable living; sustainable development; bodiliness; intersubjectivity

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2020

JUFO rating: 1

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