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ERIC Number: ED413296
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Peace Pilgrim: A Readers Theatre Approach to Peace Education.
Curran, Joanne M.
Readers theater is a dramatic art that directs attention to the words of a text. During a performance, a reader (rather than an actor) presents and interprets the work within a narrative context intended by the author. In this project, the text, a collection of the words and writings of a woman known as the Peace Pilgrim, tells the story of her 28-year pilgrimage for peace. This text reflects a transformational approach to peace education; it promotes living a life that is nonviolent at every level. Participants in the study were 10 college students enrolled in an independent study. Results of the study are discussed with regard to five issues: (1) students' choice to participate in the study; (2) students' reactions to Peace Pilgrim as a potential role model; (3) students' reactions to the use of readers theater as a curriculum tool; (4) changes in students' attitudes toward peace education; and (5) changes in students' emotional reactions to the concept of world peace. Student reaction to the readers theater project was enthusiastic; as a method for peace education, readers theater, although performance based, was relatively non-threatening. Creating and performing a readers theater requires active participation and provides students with a sense of accomplishment because their work results in a tangible project (script) and production (performance). An "Education Priorities Survey" is attached. (ND)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A