Harvard Educational Review
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    Didactic Theatre in Africa

    David Kerr
    David Kerr examines how performing arts in Africa have been used as a tool for informal adult education. Focusing on their history and dual nature, he characterizes some performing arts as "spontaneous creations of the African masses" and others as plays whose "messages emerged not from a genuine popular viewpoint, but were imposed by an alien force." By analyzing the pedagogic and aesthetic features of didactic theatre, the author reveals the subtle distinctions between a theatre that reflects colonial values and one that encourages critical reflection.

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    Spring 1981 Issue

    Abstracts

    Nicaragua 1980
    The Battle of the ABCs
    Fernando Cardenal, S.J. and Valerie Miller
    The People Speak Their Word
    Learning to Read and Write in Sao Tome and Principe
    Paulo Freire
    The Literacy Campaign in Cuba
    Abel Prieto Morales
    "What Go Round Come Round"
    King In Perspective
    Geneva Smitherman
    Education as Transformation
    Becoming a Healer Among the !Kung and the Fijians
    Richard Katz
    Children of a Brazilian Favela
    Robert Coles
    The Identity Crisis of Educational Planning
    Henry M. Levin
    Educational Change and National Economic Development
    Pamela Barnhouse Walters
    Schooling, Development, and Inequality
    Old Myths and New Realities
    Gerald W. Fry
    The "New Era" in China's Educational Revolution
    C.T. Hu
    The Contradiction of Bantu Education
    Mokubung O. Nkomo
    Aboriginal Education
    The School at Strelley, Western Australia
    Kenneth B. Liberman
    Didactic Theatre in Africa
    David Kerr
    Home (poem)
    Derek Walcott
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