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'Burn an image in their head': Evaluating the effectiveness of a play on bullying

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posted on 06.04.2022, 01:48 authored by Howard CassidyHoward Cassidy, Vivienne WattsVivienne Watts
Bullying is endemic in schools and may have a damaging impact on its victims. This paper reports on the development, presentation and evaluation of a powerful, purpose-made play - Burnt - which was written by Stephen Davis. The evaluation utilised qualitative program evaluation. as a methodology to evaluate the impact of the program on participants' understanding of the dynamics of bullying, the creation of empathy for the victim, the creation of audience identification with the bystanders and the identification of dilemmas and issues associated with the resolution of bullying. The play was performed to more than 2,300 young people in 15 schools representing city, coastal, rural and mining communities. All participants completed a post-program survey. Data revealed that the program was successful in developing empathy with the victim, and participants' identification with the bystanders. The majority of students indicated that the play was realistic and that, in their opinion, the program could help to stop bullying.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

26

Issue

2

Start Page

5

End Page

19

Number of Pages

15

ISSN

1445-2294

Location

Brisbane

Publisher

Drama Australia

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Faculty of Education and Creative Arts;

Era Eligible

No

Journal

NJ: Drama Australia Journal