Teaching and learning in the crucible: Actors with disabilities as experts preparing pre-service teachers to be inclusive educators
Raphael, Jo 2014, Teaching and learning in the crucible: Actors with disabilities as experts preparing pre-service teachers to be inclusive educators, Drama Research: International journal of drama research, vol. 5, no. 1, pp. 1-19.
Dorothy Heathcote understood teaching and learning to take place in a kind of ‘crucible’ in which participants, who are both teachers and learners, contribute to the mix sometimes resulting in a radical transformation. This paper reports the ways Heathcote’s ideas have influenced both research and practice in the Teaching for Diversity workshop - a drama workshop that brings together pre-service teachers, teacher educators and actors from Fusion Theatre, a community-based theatre company for people with intellectual disabilities.
In a reversal of the usual relationship, actors with disabilities are positioned as experts leading student teachers and lecturers in the drama workshop. This paper describes their transformation through a kind of mantle of the expert – the expert in the antechamber. Within this space all participants, as if in Heathcote’s crucible, are stirred into new understandings and pre-service teachers are challenged into new ways of thinking about disability and inclusive education.
This article was first published in Drama Research: international journal of drama in education Volume 5 No 1 April 2014 at: www.dramaresearch.co.uk It is one of a wide range of articles on drama/theatre in education available by subscription to the journal at: http://www.nationaldrama.org.uk/journal/subscribe/ Access to the journal is free to members of National Drama. Join National Drama at http://www.nationaldrama.org.uk/membership/
Field of Research
130201 Creative Arts, Media and Communication Curriculum and Pedagogy 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
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