In these field notes, we examine the integration of the arts into a 20-person honors biology seminar at UC Riverside “Beyond Science: Being Humane Amid Human Rights Crises.” We held a four-hour workshop to examine the ways in which performance and theatrical storytelling can enhance science learning. The workshop provided a unique avenue for exploring how human activities result in downward consequences including refugee displacement, one of the course objectives. In addition to the workshop, we conducted surveys and a focus group with the students to better understand their experience incorporating the arts into their science class. A key concept that arose in the focus group was how engaging with theatre contributed to students’ empathy.
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Speer, Annika C. and Echeverria, Begona
"Integrating Theatre and Biology: How Embodied Performance Can Enhance Empathy Among College Science Students,"
The STEAM Journal:
1, Article 20.
Available at: https://scholarship.claremont.edu/steam/vol5/iss1/20