The Commission Model of Teaching

David Allen, Agata Handley

Resumo


Dorothy Heathcote (1926-2011) is best known today for the “Mantle of the Expert” system of teaching, a drama method in which young people are asked to think of themselves as an “expert” team of some kind, who receive a fictional commission from an imaginary client. This “commission” forms the basis for a programme of teaching across the curriculum. In the “Commission Model,” which she created in the early 2000s, there is a real commission, from a real client in the community. The aim, for Heathcote, was to break down barriers between schools and the outside world; to ensure that learning takes place in a context; and to empower children as active “citizens of the world”. This article examines a Commission project which Heathcote led, to design a hospital garden; with particular reference to science elements in the project. It draws on original materials from the Dorothy Heathcote Archive.


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Dorothy Heathcote, drama, design thinking, Ken Robinson, Fritjof Capra

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.17346/se.vol31.445

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