Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Developing the individual to strengthen the whole: The application of Viewpoints training to impact the social cognitive development of actors in a high school ensemble
by Horn, Elizabeth Georgia Brendel, M.F.A., University of Central Florida, 2010, 129; 1485159
Abstract (Summary)

This research explores the application of Viewpoints and Composition training with a cast of high school students to measure changes in the social cognitive development (SCD) of individuals and the collective group. The research centers on the writing of Michael F. Mascolo and Deborah Margolis, which takes a coactive approach to the relationship between one’s social cognitive development and how it is manifested in his or her actions within a social group. Using this framework, the researcher assesses the personality types within the cast and analyzes how utilizing Viewpoints training creates shifts within these personalities. The researcher approaches this study from both a theoretical standpoint as a student during a two-week intensive training course for adults with SITI Company, and a practical standpoint in the direction of a fully mounted production with high school actors. The objective of the research is to propose a method to implement advanced Viewpoints training within a high school ensemble in order to cultivate ensemble and ultimately aid the social cognitive development of the individual actors.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Listengarten, Julia
School: University of Central Florida
School Location: United States -- Florida
Source: MAI 48/06M, Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Performing Arts, Theater, Educational psychology, Developmental psychology, Cognitive psychology
Publication Number: 1485159
ISBN: 978-1-124-10834-6
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