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Democracy through drama Superstein, Andrea 2003

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Democracy Through Drama By Andrea Superstein B A , McGill University, 1999 A THESIS SUBMITTED IN PARTIAL FULFILLMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS FOR THE DEGREE OF MASTER OF ARTS in THE FACULTY OF GRADUATE STUDIES (Department of Language and Literacy Education) We accept this thesis as conforming to the required standard THE UNIVERSITY OF BRITISH COLUMBIA June 2003 c Andrea Superstein, 2003 Abstract In presenting this thesis in partial fulfilment of the requirements for an advanced degree at the University of British Columbia, I agree that the Library shall make it freely available for reference and study. I further agree that permission for extensive copying of this thesis for scholarly purposes may be granted by the head of my department or by his or her representatives. It is understood that copying or publication of this thesis for financial gain shall not be allowed without my writ ten permission. Department The University of British Columbia Vancouver, Canada DE-6 (2/88) Abstract Democracy Through Drama is a performative research inquiry investigating the connections between critical pedagogy, students empowerment and a drama curriculum. The curriculum was developed and implemented with a group of elementary school students to determine whether democracy in the classroom was possible to achieve through performance. The students were asked to choose a theme and then to write and perform a play on the theme. Using improvisation activities, writing prompts and group discussion, the group created and rehearsed scenes which were then organized into a nonlinear performance piece based on the subject of 'School' All aspects of the project were documented on film by the students and are incorporated into the thesis. Based on the responses of student interviews, it can be concluded that dramatic activities in the classroom promoted student empowerment and student voice in this case. Highlighted components include a montage of the rehearsal process, the final performance, interviews and reflections of the students, comments from the director and a slide show bibliography. Programs used to create the DVD were iMovie 3.0 and iDVD 3.0. The total video file size is 4.16 GB. Graphic design and liner notes were constructed with InDesign 2.0.1 and Photoshop 7.0. Total file size for liner notes package is 778 KB. 

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