|Freirian Workshop 2009|
|Written by Emma Durden, Mkonzeni Gumede, Bren Brophy and Eliza Govender|
"Speed Dating, Body Mapping and Ice breaking: Freirian Fun, Learning and Research" Workshop: Coping at Honours Level, April 2009.
The brief given to facilitators for the workshop was to use a Freirian approach to analyzing and solving a range of problems that students are facing with regards to post-graduate study (refer to appendix one). DramAidE planned a series of activities to do this, which included using invisible theatre, participatory games, discussion and image theatre. These are all techniques based on the methodologies of Brazilian theatre practitioner, Augusto Boal.
Boal’s work has been inspired by the progressive pedagogy of Brazilian philosopher and teacher, Paulo Freire, who was the founder of the popular education movement in Latin America. Freire’s critique of education suggested that the ‘banking’ concept of learning, where learners are empty vessels to be filled with knowledge, was both inappropriate and ineffective. He suggested a re-viewing of education as a participative facilitated process, whereby learners build on their own prior knowledge and experience to develop a conscious and critical view of the world.
The motivation behind this workshop was to encourage the Honours students to participate in discussing the problems that they themselves are facing, to identify the roots of these problems, and find ways to solve them. Through participation, they build confidence and are able to find workable solutions and plan a way forward for themselves in their studies.
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