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The integration of creative drama into science teaching

by Arieli, Bracha (Bari)

Abstract (Summary)
This study explored the inclusion of creative drama into science teaching as an

instructional strategy for enhancing elementary school students' understanding of scientific

concepts. A treatment group of sixth grade students was taught a Full Option Science System

(FOSS) science unit on Mixtures and Solutions with the addition of creative drama while a

control group was taught using only the FOSS teaching protocol.

Quantitative and qualitative data analyses demonstrated that students who studied science

through creative drama exhibited a greater understanding of scientific content of the lessons and

preferred learning science through creative drama. Treatment group students stated that they

enjoyed participating in the activities with their friends and that the creative drama helped them

to better understand abstract scientific concepts. Teachers involved with the creative drama

activities were positively impressed and believed creative drama is a good tool for teaching

science. Observations revealed that creative drama created a positive classroom environment,

improved social interactions and self-esteem, that all students enjoyed creative drama, and that

teachers' teaching style affected students' use of creative drama.

The researcher concluded that the inclusion of creative drama with the FOSS unit

enhanced students' scientific knowledge and understanding beyond that of the FOSS unit alone,

that both teachers and students reacted positively to creative drama in science and that creative

drama requires more time.

Bibliographical Information:

Advisor:

School:Kansas State University

School Location:USA - Kansas

Source Type:Master's Thesis

Keywords:creative drama science teaching education elementary 0524 sciences 0714

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Date of Publication:01/01/2007

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