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ERIC Number: EJ1161039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1521-0960
Utilizing Theatre of the Oppressed within Teacher Education to Create Emancipatory Teachers
Desai, Shiv R.
Multicultural Perspectives, v19 n4 p229-233 2017
A key focus of teacher preparation should be critical self-reflection, especially given the current context of market-driven school reform, which often leads to school closings, increases school segregation, and devastates local communities. The question, then, becomes how best to guide critical self-reflection for preservice teachers so that they are aware of their biases, privileges, and positions of power, as well as being cognizant of how these school reforms detrimentally impact poor communities of color. More often than not, when such discussions are broached, preservice teachers want to change the topic to practical teaching strategies rather than addressing issues of social justice. Therefore, the purpose of this article is to explore how "Theatre of the Oppressed" can be utilized to help prepare preservice teachers to become highly effective and socially just educators. More importantly, how can "Theatre of the Oppressed" be employed to engage teacher candidates in critical reflection and consciousness, as well as increase their understanding of systemic inequality.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Laws, Policies, & Programs: No Child Left Behind Act 2001
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