Dramatic Inquiry – Introduction

Dramatic inquiry is dynamic, hands-on, and interactive(Photo: WOSU)

Dramatic inquiry demonstrates how techniques such as role playing, movement, and active listening are used in the classroom to explore complex ideas and problems.

It is:

  • Dynamic, hands-on, interactive
  •  Hybrid of pretend play, theatrical form, and inquiry-based approaches
  • Can be used to teach literature, science, language arts, or social studies
  •  Teacher has to create safe space
  • Students slip into the minds of the characters
  • Role play goes into just character at time. Dramatic inquiry explores many characters, and how they interact, how themes emerge from the interactions. Students may switch roles.
  • Learning authentically, connecting the text to real life

Teacher: Andrea McCallister, 9th grade