Introduction to Working with Diverse Families Through Performance: Using Ethnodrama as an Instructional Tool

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It is likely general education teachers will serve diverse students with disabilities in their classrooms. To do so effectively, they need to be prepared to partner with the families of these students, as family involvement is mandated and best practice in the education of students with disabilities. This study investigated the use of ethnodrama as an instructional tool for preparing 316 preservice teachers to work with diverse families. Findings revealed participants indicated feeling more positive and committed to working with diverse families after the ethnodramatic performance and valued ethnodrama as a tool which supplemented traditional textbooks and readings.