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ERIC Number: EJ1016204
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1523-1615
Theatre-Arts Pedagogy for Social Justice: Case Study of the Area Youth Foundation in Jamaica
Hickling-Hudson, Anne
Current Issues in Comparative Education, v15 n2 p15-34 Spr 2013
In this paper I describe and analyse the socio-educational significance of a theatre arts approach to learning for young adults in Jamaica, implemented by the Area Youth Foundation (AYF). Briefly outlining the genesis and development of the AYF, I provide snapshots of the experiences and destinations of some of its young participants. The paper discusses AYF workshops to show how the pedagogy was shaped by the expressive arts and based on the critical praxis approach systematized by Paulo Freire in adult education and Augusto Boal in theatre. Based on interviews with AYF's leader and some of the learners, I discuss how the foundation's motto, "Youth Empowerment Through the Arts," is played out in workshops and creative productions that are simultaneously learner-driven and teacher-guided, with the powerful impact of inspiring politically thoughtful creativity and skills in youths from less-privileged communities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Jamaica
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