Drama as an Educational Tool: Its Role in Nurturing Spirituality and Religious Believes in Human Beings
religious, spirituality, drama, art, education.
Art in any form has always been influenced by religious believes and spirituality. Similarly, human mind has always been influenced by various forms of Art be it drama, music, dance, or literature. In old days, the primary source of acquiring religious knowledge and education was passed on verbally over generations through memorisation. However self-reflective knowledge or critical education required human freedom in order to incorporate their own understandings in both religious education and drama.
In the latter half of the 20th Century, Dorothy Heathcote advocated freedom of learning through personal experiences and aesthetic reflections that privileged in the development of aesthetics in drama as reflected in the works of O’Neill (1995) and Mc Lean (1996). Religious Education demanded emotional involvement and aesthetic imagination. This was in sharp contrast to the age old doctrinal practices and brought about a huge shift in education that in turn had great impact on drama as well as religious education. Aesthetic education therefore aimed at nurturing and discovering spirituality in human beings.
The aim of this paper is to access how far Drama as a form of Art; is an appropriate means of religious education.