This study presents an innovative active learning technique to support the development of civic education: a theatrical workshop based on the dramaturgy of Bertolt Brecht. I argue that the Brechtian workshop can develop three skills necessary for effective civic engagement: perspective taking, collaboration, and critical judgment/self-reflection, and that these skills are directly tied to the three civic values of pluralism, community, and civic responsibility. Using qualitative data gathered in the course of teaching this workshop to two distinct student populations — a self-selecting group of students in a liberal arts environment and a group of students at a commuter campus taking a course required for the major — I reflect on the workshop’s varying levels of success in developing these skills and offer recommendations for future use of this learning technique.
"Civic Engagement through Theatre: Running a Brechtian Workshop in the Classroom,"
eJournal of Public Affairs: Vol. 10:
3, Article 2.
Available at: https://bearworks.missouristate.edu/ejopa/vol10/iss3/2
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