Breaking the Learning Barrier for Underachieving Students: Practical Teaching Strategies for Dramatic Results

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George D. Nelson
SAGE Publications, Nov 2, 2005 - Education - 264 pages
7 Reviews
Combining theory and practice, Nelson has developed an innovative way to reach the at-risk-or "dramatic"-learner, improving the learning environment for all other students in the process. Using dramatic theory as an extended metaphor, Nelson first provides the reader with a strong theoretical understanding of the particular learning needs of the "dramatic" learner, and explains why a traditional classroom environment fails to meet these needs. With this foundation in place, Nelson provides practical, classroom-tested strategies and ideas that can be used to meet the particular teaching and discipline needs of these students.

Breaking the Learning Barrier for At-Risk Students presents four learning principles:

o Learning... requires the active involvement of the learner. Nothing can be learned without the willing participation and effort of the learner.

o Life without drama is meaningless and uninspiring. Learning that is not built upon dramatic elements is also meaningless and uninspiring.

o Learning must be value based. When teaching takes into account the values and preferences of a learner, he or she will be motivated to participate.

o Learning must be fun. When the first three conditions exist, learning becomes the most rewarding, engaging, and fun activity in life.

By utilizing the principles of dramatic structure in their course work, teachers will uncover the power of discovery based learning-getting even the most reluctant students actively engaged in the learning process.

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Review: Breaking The Learning Barrier For Underachieving Students: Practical Teaching Strategies For Dramatic Results

User Review  - Cheree - Goodreads

Fascinating and thought-provoking reading for my BYU Education class. Read full review

Review: Breaking The Learning Barrier For Underachieving Students: Practical Teaching Strategies For Dramatic Results

User Review  - Lewis Young - Goodreads

Really well written. One of the books I didn't sell back from that semester. Brings out some interesting points about kids who learn differently than the rest of the classroom. Read full review

About the author (2005)

George D. Nelson is a professor, writer, teacher, curriculum designer, director, and educational consultant. His work and influence has been felt in a wide range of institutions and educationally oriented organizations, colleges and universities, state departments of education, state departments of corrections, public schools, corporations, community outreach organizations, and foundations. Curriculum he has created has been used internationally to help teachers and trainers better reach their dramatic learners.

Professor Nelson travels extensively giving workshops, lectures, and inservice training for trainers, teachers, professors, and administrators. He is presently an associate professor at Brigham Young University with a dual appointment in the David O. McKay School of Education and the College of Fine Arts and Communications. He has received numerous teaching awards and has been recognized by the American Alliance for Theatre in Education with the Linn Wright Special Recognition Award for his work with incarcerated dramatic learners.

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