Searching for authenticity in student understanding of leadership: an approach using the methodology of Forum Theatre

Lizzio, Alf and Andrews, Dorothy and Skinner, James (2011) Searching for authenticity in student understanding of leadership: an approach using the methodology of Forum Theatre. Leading and Managing, 17 (2). pp. 85-98. ISSN 1329-4539


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 peer-appropriate 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.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Publisher: Australian Council for Educational Leaders (ACEL)
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information (displayed to public): Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Dorothy Andrews
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2012 07:15
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2015 05:50
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership; student leadership; forum theatre
Fields of Research (FoR): 13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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