Introducing Forum Theatre to elicit and advocate children’s views

Nick Hammond

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Eliciting and advocating the voice of the child remains at the heart of international political agenda and also remains a central role for educational psychologists (EPs). Previous research indicates that EPs tend to use language-based methods for eliciting and advocating views of children. However, these approaches are often limited. Taking a case study approach this paper aims to explain how the use of Forum Theatre offers EPs a legitimate way of eliciting and advocating the views of children. The study worked with seven Year Six children to create a Forum Theatre Performance which was performed in front of the whole school (spect-actors). Focus groups were held with teachers (n = 3) and children (n = 6) from within the school. This study uses a semantic deductive thematic analysis to explain underlying emancipatory processes within the context of a small rural primary school. The results of this study support previous literature demonstrating that Forum Theatre has a wealth of emancipatory processes which might optimise the approach being used to elicit and advocate for the voice of the child. Practical applications and limitations are discussed with some suggestions for further research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-18
JournalEducational Psychology in Practice
Issue number1
Early online date21 Nov 2012
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2013


  • Forum Theatre
  • creativity
  • voice
  • emancipation
  • liberation
  • social justice
  • empowerment
  • Boal

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