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All the Lab's a Stage: the Use of Drama to Promote Engagement in Higher Education Science

Wheeler, Mike and Prankel, Susanne and Swift, Elizabeth and Fisher, Julie and Reeves, Alison (2014) All the Lab's a Stage: the Use of Drama to Promote Engagement in Higher Education Science. In: The Society of Experimental Biology (SEB) Annual Meeting, 1st - 4th July 2014, University of Manchester. (Submitted)

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Abstract

Communicating science can be challenging at any educational level. We used informal and experiential learning to engage groups of potential University applicants in one project that involved staging a play in one of the teaching laboratories at the University of Worcester whilst a second project designed a play in house and took this to schools. In the first project the plot centred on stem cell research. School pupils and students from FE Colleges were offered complementary sessions including a lecture exploring the science behind stem cell research, a discussion on ethical aspects involved and a practical using university facilities. We ascertained attitudes to Higher Education in the students participating before and after the event. We found an enhanced view of the science and a highly significant change in attitude to attending University for students taking vocational subjects at FE level. The second project was aimed at exploring attitudes to ethics and animal welfare among a cohort of 15 – 18 year olds. Students engaged with the issues in the drama to a high degree. Our conclusions are that drama is an excellent way to inform potential students about higher education and HE level science in particular. Additionally we demonstrated the importance of events taking place at HE institutions in order to maximise change in attitudes to HE.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Uncontrolled Keywords: science, students, stem cell research, Higher Education, ethics, animal welfare, drama
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Humanities and Creative Arts
Academic Departments > Institute of Science and the Environment
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Depositing User: Mike Wheeler
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2016 12:40
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2016 12:40
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/4873

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