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ERIC Number: EJ1137589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1550-5170
Sacred Shock: Student Actors on Anti-Bullying Improvisation and Impact of Self-Rehearsal
Gilman, Sharlene Elinor
Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, v14 n1 p6-22 2017
This article describes responses of a group of adolescent student actors and actor alumni involved in anti-bullying skits arising from a critical case study of the Tolerance Troupe from a small rural and suburban borough in Pennsylvania. Seventeen active members and 19 actor alumni participated in semi-structured interviews focusing on what the student actors and actor alumni had to say about imagination, improvisation, and shock as pedagogy--recalling prior experiences with bullying that played roles in the construction of their view of themselves. Following Turner (1982), I address "sacred shock" as shock experienced during enactments in liminal time during ritual performances designated to awaken participants from both bias and peer social aggression and from the hidden curriculum of school conformity and control. Sacred shock calls out alternative views of students' lived experience as the actors "play" with the elements of the familiar and defamiliarize them--shocking both audience and actors themselves to discover their places in their social worlds.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania
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