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ERIC Number: EJ896916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0965-0792
Performance Ethnography as an Approach to Health-Related Education
Carless, David; Douglas, Kitrina
Educational Action Research, v18 n3 p373-388 Sep 2010
This article explores the educational potential of an arts-informed performance ethnography entitled "Across the Tamar," which comprises a series of stories, songs and poems. As a classroom action research project--a "teaching experiment"--we gave three performances to undergraduate and postgraduate sport and health science, physiotherapy, and occupational therapy students at two universities in the United Kingdom. Drawing on data that comprise the written responses of 126 students, we explore the learning processes evident in the students' accounts. Student responses suggest that through privileging personal, embodied and emotive stories, the performance stimulated alternative insights into older women's lives and provoked them to reflect on this new knowledge in the context of their own lives. By considering student responses in relation to narrative theory, we explore how performance ethnography can contribute to learning, critical reflection and transformation among students more familiar with scientific approaches to research and teaching. (Contains 3 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom