Theatricals workshops: educative strategy for the diagnosis of conceptions and problems on the prevention of the dengue.

by de Oliveira, Denise Figueira

Abstract (Summary)
The high epidemiologic potential of Dengue, an infection that practically reaches the whole country, as well as the historical, social and ecological context wherethis disease is inserted, mobilized innumerable ideas and actions in the context of Health Education. A partnership between science and education seems to constitute quite an efficient formula to be employed in educational approachestowards disease combat in general. The investment in educational and communitarian actions, when reflected in the affected communities themselves, has been considered fundamental in Health Promotion. In the present study, theuse of theatrical language as a strategy to be employed towards the knowledge of the conceptions of different professionals involved in Dengue prevention wasinvestigated. Theatrical language has been chosen as an instrument due to the fact that it is dialogical, able to establish a relationship with scientific inventiveness, stimulate collaboration among the involved parties and alsocapable of allowing for bursts of spontaneity among the participants. The preparation of the workshops and the adaptations to the study aims were based on proposals of qualitative inquiries and pedagogic tendencies of progressive character, represented by authors who conceive the construction of knowledge as being drawn from the dialogue among individuals, mediated by contentswithdrawn from the very reality in which they live. The method was achieved through game workshops and theatrical experiences involving educators committed with Health Promotion and Dengue prevention. We considered bothteachers and health agents as educators, as a result of the importance of both in formal and non formal education in the field of the health. The brief plays actedout by the participants, and the collective subsequent discussions, allowed for the perception of conceptions of the educators related to Health Promotion as well ashis/her own professional realities. The educators realize the strength of their actions, but feel isolated in their professional life, having a positive vision of theirown as public workers but a quite negative other one of the political spheres in general. Such a reality seems to be capable of effectively helping in thepopulation?s commitment to official Health programs. The proposed workshops allowed the participants not only to realize the extension of their isolation, butalso the possibility of overcoming this drawback through the subsequent establishment of partnerships in educational actions. We conclude by suggesting that, by means of game workshops and theatrical activities, it is possible tocreate a stimulant atmosphere for collective diagnosis and analysis of situations linked to public health problems.
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Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:Tania Cremonini de Araújo-Jorge; Cláudia Mara Lara Melo Coutinho

School:Faculdades Oswaldo Cruz

School Location:Brazil

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords: health education educational technology


Date of Publication:10/16/2006

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