If you’re considering including a performance as part of your professional development or improvement strategy or as a conversation starter in your community or state, and you’re like us, you want evidence that it works.
The use of theater and storytelling as an education tool pre-dates the PowerPoint — even the slide carousel, for you old-school types — by centuries. And while the ancient Greeks and Egyptians didn’t do meta-analyses examining the effects of stories on audiences, researchers in the meantime have. And they’ve found stories to be a powerful tool.
We combined this evidence with our own docudrama evaluation data — surveys of nearly 1,000 audience members attending our docudramas — and consistently found that:
And stories spark solutions.
When asked about strategies to help students in their own schools who may struggle similarly to those portrayed in the docudrama, many educator audience members ventured beyond simple independent notions of “raising expectations” or “connecting with students” to identify concrete and systemic strategies for supporting struggling students.