Heterodox economics: having a laugh

What is the pedagogical role of performance?  Can improvisation inspire? And should silliness support learning about sustainability? Gill Seyfang thinks so, and she’d like to tell you why.

Teaching complex abstract ideas to students requires every trick in our pedagogical toolbox. I’ve been leading a team in developing the performing arts as a teaching tool, to engage students on an emotional – rather than a cognitive – level, and so improve their learning.

Whether through music, drama, poetry, dance, literature or comedy, the performing arts has a huge potential to enrich our teaching repertoire, and produce truly memorable and transformative learning experiences for our students. Here, we are tapping into comedy improvisation’s ability to engage an audience.

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Gill Seyfang

Gill is a Reader in Sustainable Consumption at the School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia and a National Teaching Fellow (2017). You can find out more about her …

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