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ERIC Number: EJ1130464
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0020-8566
"I Experienced Freedom within the Frame of My Own Narrative": The Contribution of Psychodrama Techniques to Experiential Learning in Teacher Training
ter Avest, Ina
International Review of Education, v63 n1 p71-86 Feb 2017
To prepare Dutch students in education for critical situations in their professional life as a teacher, part of their training is to ask them to reflect upon their own experiences in their life as a child, a pupil and a student -- experiences of crucial moments or with significant others which are still of the utmost importance to them. This article underlines the significance of so-called "experiential learning" in student career counselling. In this context, experiential learning is understood as an extension of "in-depth reflection on critical incidents" and "critical persons" in the biography of pre-service teachers. This reflection - customary and effective in Dutch teacher training - is a verbal process. However, this technique does not seem to be adequate for many students from other cultural backgrounds (e.g. second-generation descendants of migrant workers). By consequence, some of these students are not able to take newly offered information on board, but remain imprisoned in their own culture-related narrative, their own ethnic "society of mind". Research has shown that for these students, psychodrama techniques, focusing on non-verbal and playful aspects of reflection, seem to be more suitable. The author of this article presents a sample case from a pilot study which used one of the psychodrama techniques called "the empty chair". The findings of the pilot study are promising in the sense that experiencing different I-positions does seem to help students from other cultural backgrounds to develop agency in responding to hitherto unfamiliar and confusing situations.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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