Theatre-arts pedagogy for social justice : case study of the area youth foundation in Jamaica

Hickling-Hudson, Anne (2013) Theatre-arts pedagogy for social justice : case study of the area youth foundation in Jamaica. Current Issues in Comparative Education, 15(2), pp. 15-34.

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In this paper I describe and analyse the socio-educational significance of a theatre arts approach to learning for young adults in Jamaica, implemented by the Area Youth Foundation (AYF). Briefly outlining the genesis and development of the AYF, I provide snapshots of the experiences and destinations of some of its young participants. The paper discusses AYF workshops to show how the pedagogy was shaped by the expressive arts and based on the critical praxis approach systematized by Paulo Freire in adult education and Augusto Boal in theatre. Based on interviews with AYF’s leader and some of the learners, I discuss how the foundation’s motto, “Youth Empowerment Through the Arts,” is played out in workshops and creative productions that are simultaneously learner-driven and teacher-guided, with the powerful impact of inspiring politically thoughtful creativity and skills in youths from less-privileged communities.

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ID Code: 66428
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Theatre arts learning, Critical praxis pedagogy, Literacies development, Less-privileged communities, Youth empowerment
ISSN: 1523-1615
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 Current Issues in Comparative Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
Deposited On: 21 Jan 2014 22:55
Last Modified: 03 Feb 2014 17:11

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