ERIC Number: EJ1136217
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 14
Teaching Note--Theatre of the Oppressed and Social Work Education: Radicalizing the Practice Classroom
Giesler, Mark A.
Journal of Social Work Education, v53 n2 p347-353 2017
Augusto Boal's Theatre of the Oppressed has been the basis for radical performance techniques practiced around the world. Widely a staple for theatre performance syllabi, it also has an innovative application for the social work classroom. This article designates Boal's four stages of his poetics of the oppressed and concomitant theatrical techniques as valuable resources for the BSW social work educator. Applying Boal's exercises to the macro and micro practice classroom heightens students' self-awareness and awareness of the other, which, in turn, brings into sharper focus concepts such as empowerment, empathy, and social change.
Descriptors: Theater Arts, Social Justice, Audience Participation, Social Work, Teaching Methods, Bachelors Degrees, Undergraduate Students, Student Participation, Self Concept, Social Cognition, Empowerment, Empathy, Social Change, Human Body, Expressive Language
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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