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ERIC Number: EJ1095524
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
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Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0145-9635
From Personae to Persons: A Good Drama
Geiger, Matthew W.
Independent School, v75 n3 Spr 2016
There are two kinds of drama that is normally associated with high school: the "drama" that accompanies social life in late adolescence and the dramas that are performed in a school's auditorium or performing arts center. The drama about which the author writes about in this article is of a different sort altogether. It is, however, like the first, social in nature and, like the second, a matter of playing roles/wearing masks. The author has found, through recent participatory action research with his own and other schools' students, that a greatly under-acknowledged and under-theorized­ educational issue is how students engage their curricular content insincerely, behind a façade or through a "persona," all the while giving the appearance of engaging meaningfully and in good faith. It turns out that more students than one might think adopt masks. It also turns out that a student's decision to either adopt a "persona" or be his or her true self is tied to the relational nature of a teacher's pedagogy. Through journal writing the author devised an ethnographic project to understand the effects of personalized teacher responses on student journal entries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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