'Do women know how to drive?' A research on how theatre pedagogy contributes to dealing with gender stereotypes

Antonis Lenakakis, Dimitra Kousi, Ioannis Panges
2019 Preschool and Primary Education  
This research aims at investigating the effects of a drama/theater-in-education program on dealing with gender stereotypes; it also aims at creating or improving a culture of cooperation and communication among 6th grade pupils of a Greek primary school. On the premise that drama/theater promotes play, free and creative expression, we attempted to bring out the pupils' perceptions, subconscious thoughts, prejudices, emotions and fears regarding gender, through both qualitative and quantitative
more » ... e and quantitative tools. The sociometric test analysis, the subject analysis of the data gathered by the student group interviews, the critical friend's comments and the researchers' reflective journals indicate a shift in the pupils' stereotypical perceptions on gender as well as a broadening of the social networks between boys and girls. The educational drama/theater practices of our program provided the students with a safe, free and creative environment that enabled them to talk about, negotiate and express with all senses their personal representations, values, views and gender stereotypes.
doi:10.12681/ppej.19347 fatcat:hnbiapqua5ekfne6xumimjo5fq