Searching for Authenticity in Student Understanding of Leadership: An approach using the methodology of Forum Theatre

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Title Searching for Authenticity in Student Understanding of Leadership: An approach using the methodology of Forum Theatre
Author Lizzio, Alfred Joseph; Andrews, Dorothy; Skinner, James
Journal Name Leading and Managing
Editor Associate Professor Dorothy Andrews & Dr Marian Lewis
Year Published 2011
Place of publication Australia
Publisher Australian Council for Educational Leaders
Abstract This article reports the use of Forum Theatre as a methodology to uncover young people‟s understanding of leadership. Thirty high school students (Years 9 to 11) participated in a process of collaborative inquiry using the method of Forum Theatre. Participants enacted two types of challenging classroom situations (student-student and student-teacher conflict) and explored alternative approaches to their resolution. Students enacted and evaluated three basic approaches to each situation: what typically happens, what they imagine is expected by authority figures, and what they consider to be an effective response. Peers generally evaluated their peerappropriate strategies as more effective and demonstrative of leadership. However, they evidenced more difficulty in managing vertical (student-teacher) than horizontal (student-student) interactions. General principles for „student leadership‟ were identified from the data. Participants evaluated the Forum Theatre method as a very engaging, safe and productive research method.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.acel.org.au/index.php?id=993
Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL). This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 17
Issue Number 2
Page from 85
Page to 98
ISSN 1329-4539
Date Accessioned 2012-02-24
Date Available 2012-06-22T06:33:29Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Griffith Institute for Educational Research; Griffith Institute For Tourism; Griffith Health Institute
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Education
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/44112
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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