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Author Gallagher, Kathleen, 1965-
Title Why theatre matters : urban youth, engagement, and a pedagogy of the real / Kathleen Gallagher.
Imprint Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2014]

Subject Drama in education -- Case studies.
Theater and society -- Case studies.
Arts in education -- Case studies.
Urban youth -- Education -- Case studies.
Urban youth -- Social conditions -- Case studies.
Description 1 online resource (xx, 295 pages) : illustrations
Summary What makes young people care about themselves, others, their communities, and their futures? In Why Theatre Matters, Kathleen Gallagher uses the drama classroom as a window into the daily challenges of marginalized youth in Toronto, Boston, Taipei, and Lucknow. An ethnographic study which mixes quantitative and qualitative methodology in an international multi-site project, Why Theatre Matters ties together the issues of urban and arts education through the lens of student engagement. Gallagher's research presents a framework for understanding student involvement at school in the context of students' families and communities, as well as changing social, political, and economic realities around the world. Taking the reader into the classroom through the voices of the students themselves, Gallagher illustrates how creative expression through theatre can act as a rehearsal space for real, material struggles and for democratic participation. Why Theatre Matters is an invigorating challenge to the myths that surround urban youth and an impressive study of theatre's transformative potential.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-273) and index.
Contents The complexity of people, conversation, and space as data -- The social and pedagogical context for engagement -- The multi-dimensionality of engagement: academic achievement, academic enthusiasm, voluntary initiative and what the numbers tell us -- Social performances: students and teachers inhabit their roles -- Life or theatre? -- Up close and personal: unfinished stories.
Note Description based on print version record.
ISBN 9781442620582 (electronic bk.)
1442620587 (electronic bk.)
9781442649576 (cloth)
1442649577 (cloth)
9781442626942 (paperback : alk. paper)
1442626941 (paperback : alk. paper)
OCLC # 892059103
Additional Format Print version: Gallagher, Kathleen, 1965- Why theatre matters. Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2014] 9781442649576 (DLC) 2013497854 (OCoLC)879584233