Fostering inmates’ self-identity and communication via Drama in Education and puppetry An action research study at the Volos Youth Detention Centre

Published: Dec 21, 2023
applied puppetry drama in education incarceration ethical dilemmas multimodality critical awareness empowerment negotiation of meaning
Magda Vitsou
Kostas Magos

This postdoctoral research paper aims to shed light on the positive impact of implementing puppetry and Drama in Education (henceforth DiE) in correctional facilities, using a transformative perspective. The study examines whether incarcerated individuals experience changes in their attitudes, increased emotional strength, stronger interpersonal connections, enhanced teamwork, improved communication skills and greater self-awareness. Furthermore, the research emphasises a multifaceted approach that leverages puppet theatre and DiE techniques to address moral dilemmas. This approach has the potential to navigate ethical challenges that arise during imprisonment, facilitate smoother reintegration into society and effectively tackle issues such as discrimination, tensions and conflict resolution within correctional institutions.

Article Details
  • Section
  • Research Articles
Download data is not yet available.
Author Biographies
Magda Vitsou, Univesrity of Thessaly

Magda Vitsou is Laboratory Teaching Staff in the Department of Early Childhood Education at the University of Thessaly, Greece. She holds a PhD in Drama in Education from the Theatre Studies Department of the University of Peloponnese and is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Early Childhood EducationDepartment of the University of Thessaly. She is specialized in Drama in Education and Puppetry in Education techniques. Her scientific interests and publications focus on Drama in Education, puppetry, bilingualism and social life of minority groups.

Kostas Magos, University of Thessaly

Kostas Magos is an Associate Professor of Intercultural Education in the Department of Early Childhood Education at the University of Thessaly, Greece. His research interests focus on the theory and practice of intercultural pedagogy, action research and design of intercultural educational material.