I am illiterate, they are educated; what can I say to them?: A playful exploration of the impact of performative presentation of case study data. (2017)
How will data change if it is presented not only simply in written text but through dramatic presentation? The data for this exploration comes from a doctoral project investigating rural parents’ engagement in education in Bangladesh. The data revealed not only a lack of engagement but also a major communicative gap between rural parents and teachers in local schools. Illiteracy and poverty, differences in social status and power and the impact of prevalent social discourses were identified as key, and apparently insuperable, problems. However, the study also found a rural head teacher who broke through perceived barriers by visiting parents in their homes and in market tea stalls and so created a basis for communication and engagement. This paper shares part of the data as a dramatic script. In this way it is a kind of dress rehearsal of experimentation with the use of hand puppets, overhead projections and recordings in the expectation they will allow the data to be understood as a social drama and so highlight the interplay of experiences of frustration, inadequacy, courage and hope that are the human aspects of what is sometimes seen by policy as a statistical problem.
ANZSRC Fields of Research13 - Education::1303 - Specialist Studies in Education::130313 - Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
19 - Studies in the Creative Arts and Writing::1904 - Performing Arts and Creative Writing::190499 - Performing Arts and Creative Writing not elsewhere classified
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