The Power and Possibilities for Understanding Teaching in these Times with Ethnodramatic Inquiries into Teacher Stories: Two Reviews

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DOI:

https://doi.org/10.18432/R2G59F

Keywords:

ethnodrama, practitioner inquiry, art-based research, teacher education, educational policy

Abstract

The following is a review and commentary on two of Charles Vanover’s ethnodramatic performances of the ethnographic interviews of two teachers. At two sessions at two educational conferences, Charles staged verbatim excerpts from each interview to open conversations with teacher educators about the challenges faced by two teachers in Chicago Public Schools. With this review, I explain the structuring behind each performance and the ensuing conversations about teacher challenges and needs in these times. I illuminate how educators can use ethnodramatic inquiries into teacher stories to deepen their understandings of teacher education and to re-write narratives that scapegoat teachers as the problem.

Author Biography

Sarah Reed Hobson, SUNY Cortland

Dr. Sarah Reed Hobson is an Assistant Professor in Adolescence English Education at The State University of New York at Cortland. She received her Ph.D. in Reading, Writing, and Literacy from the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania. While completing her doctorate, she designed, implemented, and researched a number of in-school, content-specific elective classes utilizing drama, playwriting, and ethnodrama. She has expanded her implementation and research with a recent after-school program in St. Louis, introducing junior and senior high school students to ethnodramatic filmmaking.

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Works Cited

Hobson, S. (2012). Fostering critical literacy with high school students through ethnodrama. (Doctoral dissertation). Retrieved from ProQuest. AAI3509138

Lytle, S. L. & Cochran-Smith, M. (1992). Teacher research as a way of knowing. Harvard Educational Review, 62(4), 447-474.

Part, A. (1977). Fratres [Recorded by Rudolf Werthen & I Fiamminghi, the Orchestra of Flanders]. On Arvo Part Fratres [CD]. Beverly Hills, CA: Telarc.

Vanover, C. (2016). Inquiry theatre. Qualitative Inquiry, 22(4), 238-248.

Vanover, C. (2015). Listening to the silences: Stories of a teacher’s first year. [Performance and Discussion]. 36th Annual Ethnography in Educational Research Forum, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

Vanover, C. (2014). Goodbye to all that!: An accomplished teacher’s last year in the Chicago Public Schools. [Performance and Discussion]. 35th Annual Ethnography in Educational Research Forum, Graduate School of Education, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA.

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Published

2016-07-16

How to Cite

Hobson, S. R. (2016). The Power and Possibilities for Understanding Teaching in these Times with Ethnodramatic Inquiries into Teacher Stories: Two Reviews. Art/Research International: A Transdisciplinary Journal, 1(1), 302–314. https://doi.org/10.18432/R2G59F