Diverse Student Teachers Making Sense of Difference through Engaging in Boalian Theater Approaches

Nov. 01, 2012

Source: Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice, Volume 18, Issue 6, 2012, Pages 675-691

A diverse group of student teachers in an alternative certification program participated in seminars integrating Boal’s Theater of the Oppressed (TO) activities. Participants created images and enacted scenes that recreated interactions with their students and also rehearsed ideas for taking action in the classroom.
The research included analyzing video and photo-elicitation interviews.

The findings showed student teachers engaging in empathic reflection and perspective-taking as they engaged in the theatrical activities. The study illuminated the potential of TO activities for supporting bilingual immigrant teachers, teachers of color, and white, middle class teachers in making sense of difference in the context of multicultural classrooms.

Updated: Sep. 06, 2017