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The Discussion Book by Stephen Preskill, Stephen D. Brookfield

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Chapter 44

Dramatizing Discussion

We draw on elements of improv theater (McKnight & Scruggs, 2008) and theater of the oppressed (Boal, 2008) for this technique. Groups respond to a question or problem by staging a short skit whose progress can be interrupted or outcome altered through the spontaneous intervention of audience members.

Purposes

  • To unleash a group's creative energy when considering a topic or question
  • To introduce an element of play into organizational routines
  • To deepen understanding of a topic or question by exploring it from new and unfamiliar perspectives
  • To connect to participants who learn best through movement and drama
  • To help groups explore highly contentious or emotional issues
  • To gain experience in imagining more ...

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