Using Drama Educationally in Primary Classrooms

Verriour, Patrick
February 1986
Education Digest;Feb1986, Vol. 51 Issue 6, p54
The article focuses on the use of drama educationally in primary classrooms. The classroom provides an ideal setting for devising learning tasks arising from dramatic contexts, which make sense to the child in terms of personal interest and previous experience. Children have used language to resolve the problems that arise out of dramatic situations, and the kind of talk rather than the quantity of talk in which they engaged was instrumental to the fresh understandings they gained during the dramas. If language development is to be the central focus of a classroom drama, reflection about language should also play a major role in planning and implementing a dramatic context. Children who had been involved in a wide range of culturally enriching and stimulating experiences engaged in a variety of language styles, particularly in their solitary imaginative play and their play with other children. Above all, the children all displayed a highly developed sense of audience, whether they were engaged in formal storytelling to their peers or younger children or in creating plays, involving puppets, dolls, and other children, for presentation to others.


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