methodology for a Pupil and Performing Arts Centered Teaching
mPPACT COURSE ATHENS 4-8 November 2009

with reference number "GR-2009-081-001"

2. ORGANISER/S: Nikos Govas, Betty Giannouli
3. ORIGIN OF THE TRAINING: Course resulting from Socrates-Comenius2.1 Project 129368-CP-1-2006-1-UK-COMENIUS-C21
4. EDUCATION SECTOR OF THE TRAINING PARTICIPANTS: Primary, General secondary, Vocational/Technical secondary
5. TARGET AUDIENCE: Teachers (Pre-school, primary, secondary, vocational, adult, special needs)
6. THEMATIC FIELD OF THE TRAINING: In-Service Training in the field of Arts & Social Sciences: Artistic education, Pedagogy and didactic
7. LANGUAGE: English

A selection of preparatory reading will be given to prospective participants. Some material will be on the mPPACT website (www.mppact.eu), while others may be in the form of a bibliography. mPPACT is not a series of specific exercises, rather it is an attitude, an approach which affects the manner of implementing often familiar exercises. It is hoped that some of the following will be considered by participants through the preparatory reading: "Our world is changing faster than ever before. As citizens we and our pupils need to reflect on our collective past as well as our present ever changing social context in this globalised world. Building on our experiences of these, we need to determine the true shape of our present and future realities in order that we can all, collectively, name and construct them for ourselves. The mPPACT course will point the way towards ownership, with our young people, of a co-intentional teaching praxis and curriculum. The mPPACT process focuses on the identity of the self and the identity of the other, the foreigner, the strange one, the unknown ones. This is to re-examine our material and intellectual foundations and norms and so to restructure our patterns of learning in pursuit of transformation. This means that learning and teaching methods must be reconsidered. So too must we rethink our understanding of normality. This in turn leads us to reconsider what we mean by values, ethics, rights and their relationship to questions of ownership, power and responsibility. We are concerned with the notion of the arts as processes of education, and education as the starting point for attitudinal and behavioural change in ourselves and our pupils. So we need to redefine the pedagogic function of the arts as, and in, education."
The course will explore a broad range of innovative pedagogic and arts-based approaches which require participants critically to reassess how dialogical educational forms and the dialogue of theatre and drama practices can generate a sustainable difference in the pedagogic frameworks of the future.
1) To conscientise teachers so that they may construct their own agendas for cultural action and education as social transformation, using pupil-centred performing arts-based practices focusing on the Creativity Criticality and Imagination of pupils, and placed within their historical and social perspectives.
2) To engage participant teachers in the investigation of the construction of ideologies and social identities in specific contexts; the sociology of representations and culture; and educational methodologies.
3) To foster new practices that implement a ‘co-intentional’, co-creative and dialogical synergy between pupil and teacher.
mPPACT is itself a methodology, so the training too follows the method which places the student (in this case the trainee teacher) at the centre of the learning process. The course uses a combination of seminar delivery and practical performing arts-based floor work. It examines notions of the ‘self’ and the ‘other’, harnessing pupils’ own creativity, criticality and imagination in pursuit of a critical understanding of social context and the contemporary realities of citizenship (and may focus on specific topics as appropriate to the combination of participants). These may be addressed in the classroom as a project or as a practice-based underpinning of the existing curricular subjects.
The course seeks to foster a new attitude to teaching praxis. As such is not down to the exercises in themselves, but to the context and the way they are implemented.
The training will model and explore effective learning methodologies drawn from a range of disciplines including i.a. theatre, music, dance, performing arts, communication and representation practices (video, web). These are examples for consideration and are rooted in many parts of the world, many cultures and different histories. Actual course delivery may vary according to any particular combination of participants.
After the first part of the course (i.e the training), teachers spend some months in their schools working with mPPACT.
Progress is monitored though the journal (blog) entries of the participants as well as their dialogue and exchanges on the mPPACT website forum. Participants will be able to communicate with one another and with the mPPACT trainers so that responses are available to all as is the empirical experience of each trainee. They will be expected to keep a journal of progress in the form of a blog on the same forum.
Towards the end of that time, they and their pupils devise a performance event around the themes that have emerged from the children’s experience and self determination.
These performances are committed to video (a static camera may suffice) and uploaded to a dedicated video facility on the mPPACT forum by a given date some four months after the training. It may be possible to organise a timed on-line event – so that all the pupils may share in each other’s success and have that recognition as part of collective ownership.
Once the video uploads are complete, then certificates of attendance will be awarded.

The course will develop in 5 working days to include the following units:
Unit1: Theory intro and pre-evaluation (still images, what is it for you etc)
Unit2: Engagement-Exploration/Research: Identity, Self expression, (Drama & music skills, warm ups, still-images, listening-retelling personal stories, status, life-maps in certain context, different forms or expression/presentation as masks, music, photography-video, dance-movement)
Unit 3: Creating-Presenting-Responding cycle: From personal to communal, open endeded issues, feedback, raising the level of contradictions. Sharing in small groups, developing common issues/concepts, using art forms (drama, music, etc) to express the issues
Unit 4: Evaluation: (discussion, still-images, etc)
Unit 5: Development: applications in schools, reflections, web/journal, monitoring, support, assesment etc

10. TYPE OF CERTIFICATION OF ATTENDANCE AWARDED: Certificate of attendance including description of training content and time input,

DATE OF START: 4/11/2009 TIME OF START: 15:30
DATE OF END: 8/11/2009 TIME OF END: 19:00

12. CONTACT: Secretary, ++302106541600, info@theatroedu.gr

Dave Pammenter Principal Lecturer(Ret)Winchester University UK,
Alex Mavrocordatos Winchester University UK,
Nikos Govas theatre educator Greece,
Betty Giannouli sociologist educator Greece,
Fotini Dimitriou theatre artist Cyprus,
& other mppact trainers