Participatory theater as a science communication tool in Timor Leste

Christopher McGillion, Merryn McKinnon

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This article examines the trial of participatory theater for disseminating new
agricultural knowledge among subsistence farmers in Timor Leste, a small
underdeveloped country in the Asia-Pacific region. The aim of the trial was to
provide information on improved seed varieties and appropriate agronomic
practices to maximize their yield among rural communities where rates of
adult illiteracy are high and the reach of mass media forms of communication
is low. The findings highlight the potential for entertainment-education
forms to provide effective science communication tools in contexts where
approaches more typical in developed countries are severely constrained.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)502-510
Number of pages9
JournalScience Communication
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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