Those of us who teach English literature are familiar with the wide range of skills and capacities of our students. It remains a challenge, though, for English students to demonstrate the applicability of those skills beyond the academy, for instance, to prospective employers. This essay argues that creative education through experiential learning provides important opportunities for students and enhances their development as independent individuals who make their own decisions. To examine the pedagogical benefits that such learning can have in the humanities, this article draws on two extracurricular projects that we coordinate, NuSense, an undergraduate online journal, and Shakespeare after School, a community drama program for children. The skills the student volunteers draw upon to complete these projects include research, editing, writing, analysis, dramaturgy, and time management. In other words, NuSense and Shakespeare after School utilize the core skills of English studies and help students both hone and demonstrate those skills in a practical and public setting.
Experiential Learning in the Humanities: From Theory to Practice in an After-School Shakespeare Program and an Online Journal
Kristin Lucas, Pavlina Radia; Experiential Learning in the Humanities: From Theory to Practice in an After-School Shakespeare Program and an Online Journal. Pedagogy 1 January 2017; 17 (1): 129–138. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/15314200-3658430
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