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ERIC Number: EJ775917
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 7
ISSN: ISSN-0271-0633
Interactive Theater and Self-Efficacy
Burgoyne, Suzanne; Placier, Peggy; Thomas, Mallory; Welch, Sharon; Ruffin, Clyde; Flores, Lisa Y.; Celebi, Elif; Azizan-Gardner, Noor; Miller, Marilyn
New Directions for Teaching and Learning, n111 p21-26 Fall 2007
Forum theater is an interactive theater method in which audience members become active performers, taking advantage of the opportunity to explore multicultural dimensions of teaching in a "safe space" and receiving feedback from colleagues. Forum theater methods derive from Theater of the Oppressed, an interactive approach founded by the Brazilian Augusto Boal, drawing on Paolo Freire's "pedagogy of the oppressed." The interactive theater approach includes a number of alternative methods; discussion with characters may lead to a general discussion of teaching strategies to address the situation; audience feedback followed by the actors' replay of the sketch, with the instructor-character using strategies suggested by the audience; or the forum theater method, in which an audience member comes onstage either to replace the instructor or as an additional character. Although practitioners all over the world apply forum theater, little empirical research has examined the use of these techniques for enhancing teacher effectiveness. Most existing literature on Theater of the Oppressed consists primarily of case studies, ideological analyses, and interviews with Boal. In this article, the authors use qualitative methods to assess the forum theater performance's impact. Participants found the active learning approach memorable, increasing "audience awareness of key issues."
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