The history of the development of theatre practices in education: foreign and Russian experience



The article briefly describes the history of the development of theatrical practices in education in Russia and abroad. The main dimensions of theater and drama in contemporary pedagogy are considered. The article demonstrates that various forms of theater in education are more widespread and better developed in foreign pedagogy, where theater is not limited to the framework of school disciplines as it is used as a means for providing complex solutions of problems related to development, learning and socialization. It is substantiated that in the practice of Russian schools, theater is much less in use, since it is so far applied exclusively as a means of introduction to culture, its traditions and values.

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Keywords: theater, theatre practices, theatre in education, drama, drama in education, educational process

Journal rubric: Educational Psychology and Pedagogical Psychology

Article type: review article


Funding. The work was carried out within the framework of the project "Innovative model of the organization of experimental research activities of adolescents" ("Multimedia Theatre"), implemented on the basis of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Modern Childhood of the MSUPE since 2019.

For citation: Poskakalova T.A. The history of the development of theatre practices in education: foreign and Russian experience [Elektronnyi resurs]. Sovremennaia zarubezhnaia psikhologiia = Journal of Modern Foreign Psychology, 2021. Vol. 10, no. 2, pp. 96–104. DOI: 10.17759/jmfp.2021100210. (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Tatiana A. Poskakalova, Researcher of the Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Contemporary Childhood, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:



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