Pilkington, A. (2010) How can ethnodrama enhance positive outcomes of cultural diversity on campus? Lessons from a case study from a police probationer programme in the UK. Invited Presentation presented to: 23rd Annual National Conference on Race & Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE 2010), National Harbour, Maryland, USA, 01-05 June 2010.
This session examines an innovative project which focused on a key strand of many social-science based vocational programmes, notably that of racial equality and ethnic diversity. Using policing as a case study, the project sought to engage participants both cognitively and emotionally through the use of film and dramatic constructions. Equality and diversity are an important strands in many vocational programmes because it is recognized that professional needs to treat people equitably and respect difference. It is imperative in this context that issues relating to equality & diversity really engage the students. While conventional pedagogies are effective in developing knowledge and understanding of relevant legislation and pertinent policies and procedures, they are less effective in engaging the students at a level where they recognize the centrality of these issues, and the importance of reflecting on them, for their professional practice. This project entailed developing a film and accompanying activities for use on police training. The film is informed by ethno‑drama and entails dramatic constructions of police stories where key equality and diversity issues are brought to life and their pertinence to the police revealed. This session will present extracts from the film and explore the perceptions of those involved in the development of the film and the students who experienced it. This session should particularly benefit participants who are seeking to explore innovative ways to engage students on vocational programmes
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