About the Authors

Carrie Lobman and Matthew Lundquist are the Authors of Unscripted Learning: Using Improv Activities Across the K-8 Curriculum.

Carrie Lobman, EdD is Assistant Professor of Education at The Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University. She is the director of the Developing Teachers Fellowship Program at the East Side Institute. Send an email to Carrie

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Presentation at American Educational Research Association

I just returned from attending and presenting at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association in Chicago. There were over 12,000 people in attendance. I atttended some wonderful sessions organized by the Arts and Learning group--all of which were a refreshing addition to a conference that is overly focused on seeing learning as purely the acquisition of knowledge and skills.

My presentation was part of a symposium organized by Artin Goncu on The Role of Pretend and Improvisation in the Development of Children and Adults. The other two presentations were by Tony Perone a Chicago based scholar, ESL teacher, and improv comedian, and Keith Sawyer, author of several books on improvisation and creativity. Sawyer has also written a wonderful forward to Unscripted Learning.

Together the three of us engaged the audience around the importance of play and playfulness for all people--whether they be professional performers, young children, or teachers!

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