Friday, June 9, 2023

MCTE observes ‘World Theatre Day’

The Mokokchung College of Teacher Education (MCTE), Yimyu observed “World Theatre Day” on March 27 with an aim to ‘Explore the effectiveness of Drama-Based Pedagogy.’ The event was organized under the initiative and facilitation of assistant professor of MCTE Yimyu, Temjenzungba Kechu, who has M.A. in Applied Theatre, University of London and PGD from Dramatic Arts, National School of Drama, New Delhi.
The event witnessed enthralling and creative performances showcased by the 2nd semester Students-Teachers of MCTE, Yimyu using various drama-based tools and learning approaches such as clowning, ‘The Thief,’ dramatizing the folk story of ‘Mehouviu and Morusa,’ human puppeteering of ‘The Refund,’ improvisation of ‘Environmental Pollution,’ melodramatizing ‘Macbeth,’ pantomining, ‘The Gift of the Magi,’ and shadow playing, ‘The Three Brothers.’
The event was attended by both the 4th and 2nd semesters Student-Teachers and Teacher-Educators and non-teaching faculty of the college.
The event focused on the process and pedagogical approach on how students learn and engage with concepts and skills using the tools of drama rather than the theatrical outcome. Incorporation of drama-based pedagogy into the teaching-learning process enables students to inquire into and interpret new ideas as they extend their understandings of the world and engage in academic, affective and aesthetic learning through dialogic meaning-making. Performances in ‘real-time’ can enable students to make their knowledge and perspectives visible and available which makes learning more relational and representational within a shared imagined context. Drama-based Pedagogy provides a powerful alternative in transforming and empowering the consciousness of the learners which in turn will transform their lives and enable them to create a socially just society.


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