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Teaching the Power of the Word

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Charles Vanover

Document Type


Publication Date


Date Issued

January 2013

Date Available

March 2013


This enthnodrama communicates the lived experience of outstanding teacher of English who worked in the Chicago Public Schools for more than twenty years. Excerpts from three semi-structured interviews have been are constructed into a one woman show that uses music, dance, and the art of theatre to convey the spiritual beauty of ambitious, urban teaching and to challenge and enlighten researchers, teachers, and the public-at-large “in a manner that cannot be dismissed.” Lessons, relationships, and the joy and suffering of schoolwork come to life on stage. The script is linked to a poem by Ruth Nichole Brown that discusses the ethnodrama in relation to culturally responsive pedagogy.


Abstract only. Full-text article is available only through licensed access provided by the publisher. Published in International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 2013, 1-21, DOI: 10.1080/09518398.2013.820859 Members of the USF System may access the full-text of the article through the authenticated link provided. Written and Directed By: Charles Vanover, University of South Florida Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, FL, USA Starring: Cathy Lu, America Online, Baltimore, MD, USA Visual Effects By: Ernest Vanover, Vanoverink, Chicago, IL, USA




International Journal of Qualitative Research


Institute for Humanities: University of Michigan