Capstone Project Title
Why are adolescent males consistently and historically underrepresented in curricular and extracurricular performing arts programs? Research has found that the performing arts are typically considered “feminine” in our modern Western culture, which operates under a framework of toxic masculinity. Consequently, males do not enjoy the host of academic, social/emotional, mental, and even physical benefits performing arts participation bring in adolescence and well into adulthood. To answer the capstone question, Can a TED talk be developed on the strategies that can motivate adolescent males to participate in the performing arts?, research-backed best practices to recruit and retain adolescent males into the performing arts by reframing the culture and conversation regarding gender’s relationship to the performing arts are outlined, as well as a call to action from the researcher. The TED talk organizes the strategies into a three-step process. Chapter 4 provides a critical reflection of the paper and the project.
Grunzke, Gretchen, "If you feel as though you don't fit in this world, create a new one: strategies to motivate adolescent males to participate in the performing arts" (2020). School of Education and Leadership Student Capstone Projects. 537.
School of Education Student Capstone Projects