“Without Emotion, There Is Nothing Left But Burden”: Teaching Mathematics Through Heathcote's Improvisational Drama

Susan Gerofsky
Proceedings of Bridges 2011: Mathematics, Music, Art, Architecture, Culture (2011)
Pages 329–336 Regular Papers


This paper justifies the use of Heathcote's whole group improvisation drama in mathematics education and gives mathematical and non-mathematical examples. It is suggested that this technique for teaching curriculum through the medium of drama in an `as if' setting engages students through immersive emotional and contextual modes of understanding.