Theatre-based action research in Denmark
in Lifelong learning, the arts and community cultural engagement in the contemporary university
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This chapter discusses the use of theatre and drama as tools of action research within an adult education programme at Roskilde University, Denmark. It illustrates how the creative potential of bringing together the arts, adult learning and collective enquiry helped the participants explore and alleviate the stressful aspects of their lives. John Dewey argued that 'learning by doing' could be an effective educational practice if students were encouraged to focus on problems related to their own experiences. 'Stop Stress' is a state-funded action research programme conducted by the authors and inspired by an educational concept of theatre as a method in the Problem-Based Work Project. 'Stop Stress' is designed to highlight and counteract work-related stress among health- and homecare employees. 'Stop Stress' contains some methodological challenges in terms of trying to promote deeper learning and practical answers to work-related stress as well as to accommodate the use of theatre.

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