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

Wheeler, Mike, Prankel, Susanne, Swift, Elizabeth, Fisher, Julie and Reeves, Alison ORCID: (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. (Unpublished)

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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 Discrete Keywords: science, students, stem cell research, Higher Education, ethics, animal welfare, drama, SERG
Subjects: N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Q Science > QH Natural history > QH301 Biology
Divisions: College of Health, Life and Environmental Sciences > School of Science and the Environment
College of Arts, Humanities and Education > School of Arts
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Depositing User: Mike Wheeler
Date Deposited: 09 Sep 2016 12:40
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2024 14:20

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