Theater of the Oppressed as an Instructional Practice

  • Peggy Placier
  • Karen S. Cockrell
  • Suzanne Burgoyne
  • Sharon Welch
  • Helen Neville
  • Jite Eferakorho
Part of the Self Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices book series (STEP, volume 2)


Preparing pre-service teachers to negotiate the complexities of professional practice and to provide meaningful educational experiences for PK-12 students requires teacher educators to assist education students in developing a multicultural knowledge base. Such knowledge is essential to understanding the diverse nature of school environments and the educational/social implications of racial, ethnic and cultural diversity for all students (Cockrell, Placier, Cockrell & Middleton, 1999). Most pre-service teachers, however, resist multicultural theory as a vital element of teachers’ professional knowledge (Goodwin, 1997; Greenman, 1995; Jordan & Rice, 1995). This chapter explores an instructional and curricular collaboration designed to engage teacher preparation students in critical examination of the social reconstructionist approach to multicultural education through Theatre of the Oppressed (ToO). The overarching purpose of this study was to explore a form of theatre as a pedagogical method for engaging teacher education students in dialogue about the relationship of education to the nature of a society and of teaching to the ideals of democracy and social justice. While most teacher preparation students expressed a preference for traditional instructional methods, some recognized the power of experiential learning.


Student Teacher Multicultural Education Teacher Education Student Forum Theater Theater Student 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peggy Placier
    • 1
  • Karen S. Cockrell
    • 1
  • Suzanne Burgoyne
    • 1
  • Sharon Welch
    • 1
  • Helen Neville
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jite Eferakorho
    • 1
  1. 1.University of Missouri-ColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.University of IllinoisUrbana-ChampaignUSA

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