As schools have become more aware of their role in addressing personal and social issues, the importance of ‘values and attitudes’ have begun shaping education and curricula worldwide. Drama in Education explores the six fundamental pillars of the national curriculum guide of Iceland in relation to these changing values and attitudes.

Focusing on the importance of human relations, this book explores literacy, sustainability, health and welfare, democracy and human rights, equality and creativity. It demonstrates the capability of drama as a teaching strategy for effectively working towards these fundamental pillars and reflects on how drama in education can be used to empower children to become healthy, creative individuals and active members in a democratic society.

Offering research-based examples of using drama successfully in different educational contexts and considering practical challenges within the classroom, Drama in Education: Exploring Key Research Concepts and Effective Strategies is an essential guide for any modern drama teacher.  

chapter 1|2 pages


Fundamental pillars of education
ByÁsa Helga Ragnarsdóttir

part I|2 pages


chapter 2|17 pages

Learning language through drama

ByRannveig Björk Thorkelsdóttir, Ása Helga Ragnarsdóttir

chapter 3|15 pages

Performing literacy and social media

ByKristian Nødtvedt Knudsen, Daniel Schofield

part II|2 pages


chapter 4|16 pages

Artful teaching of drama-based storyline

ByAnna-Lena Østern

part III|2 pages

Health and welfare

chapter 5|18 pages

Advancing social and emotional well-being through drama

ByHelen Cahill

chapter 6|16 pages

‘I am just talking and talking. I have to stop, but this is so funny’

Stories from immigrant students in drama classes
ByÁsa Helga Ragnarsdóttir, Hafdís Guðjónsdóttir

part IV|2 pages

Democracy and human rights

chapter 7|16 pages

No direction home

Process drama as a response to new nationalisms
ByPeter O’Connor, Moema Gregorzewski

part V|2 pages


chapter 8|17 pages

Drama, diversity and equality

Working creatively together towards social inclusion
ByJo Raphael

chapter 9|19 pages

Imagining the possible

Using drama for gender equality in schools
ByChristine Hatton

part VI|2 pages


chapter 10|14 pages

Living through creativity

ByAdam Bethlenfalvy

chapter 11|16 pages

Drama, inclusion and development of play competence in kindergarten

ByMerete Cornét Sørensen

chapter 12|1 pages


ByÁsa Helga Ragnarsdóttir