Documentary theatre as a means of raising awareness of racist phenomena among teachers

Published: Dec 21, 2023
identity otherness racism intercultural education documentary theatre
Panos Vassilopoulos

This article reports on a case study related to the impact of documentary theatre on teachers’ perceptions and the possible influences on and changes in their behaviour as a result of raising their awareness of racism issues. The study includes action research conducted in the school year 2021–2022 in a series of experiential workshops involving theatre in education programmes. The teachers who participated in the research served in schools of primary and secondary education in the municipality of Aigialeia in the region of Achaia, Peloponnese. Group members used primary sources, real events and personal testimonies to approach various forms of discrimination and racist behaviour.

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Author Biography
Panos Vassilopoulos, Primary education teacher, MA

Panos Vassilopoulos is an educator, serving as a teacher at the 2nd Primary School of Akrata, Peloponnese, where he lives permanently with his family. He is a graduate of the Pedagogical Academy of Tripoli (1986–1988), the “Evangelos Papanoutsos” Teaching School (2005–2007) of the University of Patras and the Postgraduate Programme of the Department of Theatre Studies of the University of Peloponnese, entitled: “MA in Drama and Performing Arts in Education and Lifelong Learning” (2021–2022). He is a member of the Panhellenic Union of Educators for Environmental Education and the Hellenic Theatre/Drama Education Network. He participates as a speaker in conferences focused on Health Education, Environmental Education, Cultural Issues, Innovative Actions and Theatre Education. He organises experiential workshops in which he facilitates students, adolescents and adults. He coordinates student festivals related to Intercultural Education and human rights, while he is active in training programmes for inmates at the detention facilities of Tiryntha, Nafplio, Korydallos and Tripoli. He is involved in theatre as an amateur, participating as an actor, director and facilitator of theatre groups.

Βασιλόπουλος, Π. (2022). Το θέατρο-ντοκουμέντο ως μέσο ευαισθητοποίησης των εκπαιδευτικών απέναντι σε ρατσιστικά φαινόμενα. Διπλωματική μεταπτυχιακή Διατριβή. Πρόγραμμα Μεταπτυχιακών Σπουδών «Δραματική Τέχνη και Παραστατικές Τέχνες στην Εκπαίδευση και Διά Βίου Μάθηση». Τμήμα Θεατρικών Σπουδών, Σχολή Καλών Τεχνών, Πανεπιστήμιο Πελοποννήσου. Επιβλέπων καθηγητής Λενακάκης Αντώνιος. Η εργασία βρίσκεται στο Ιδρυματικό Αποθετήριο του Πανεπιστημίου Πελοποννήσου «Αμητός»