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Educational Methodology

EffectiveArts' programs are delivered through a powerful high-fidelity simulation based educational methodology developed by us over the last fifteen years. To date, we have offered more than 2,000 educational sessions across the US and internationally. We provide a learning experience that goes far beyond traditional stand-up lecture, PowerPoint presentations, or role-play (see our Technology and Applications). Our method is an educational delivery mechanism that is truly "up to the task."

The educational elements used in EffectiveArts' programs are primarily based on interactive drama simulations tightly coupled to Socratic-style facilitated inquiry discussions and experiential activities.  Very little lecture-style teaching is used.

EffectiveArts' methodology is deeply rooted in the tradition of experiential education (Dewey, 1938; Kolb, 1984).   Effective Arts' methodology also incorporates elements from research on adult education (Dewey, 1938; Knowles, Holton, & Swanson, 1998), stress training (Cannon-Bowers & Salas, 1998; Driskell & Johnston, 1998), transformational education (Brookfield, 1987; Mezirow, 1991), student-interest -based teaching and learning (Dewey, 1938; Freire, 1970), the affective component of education (Bloom, Mesia, & Krathwohl, 1964), interactive drama (Boal, 1985; Holtom, Mickel, & Boggs, 2003), and facilitation- and inquiry-based teaching and learning (Bruner, 1966; Knowles et al., 1998; Postman & Weingartner, 1969).