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

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 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
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: 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: 26 Aug 2014 04:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: leadership; student leadership; forum theatre
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 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 (SEO2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/20260

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