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Experimental Work in Education: The Dramatic Instinct in the Elementary School


by Mabel I. Barney 1907

The dramatic tendency usually begins in the third year and continues all through life. The essentials of every process and action which the child sees or hears in the heavens above and the earth beneath are made familiar to him in his dramatic imitations. He learns something of every custom of society and every trade and profession, by the short-cut application of that most important of all pedagogical laws, "learning to do by doing," which is also the only sure way of learning to understand. In its very nature, dramatic imitation is spontaneous and original; hence any attempt at systematic control of it must in the nature of the case almost inevitably prove artificial and ineffective. The wise teacher merely stirs the imagination, supplies the material for dramatic representation, and gives occasional suggestions as they are needed. [Kirkpatrick.]


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 8 Number 2, 1907, p. 118-120
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9943, Date Accessed: 10/19/2017 2:27:16 PM

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