ERIC Number: ED333514
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
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School-Based Children's Drama Outreach: A Case Study.
Philbin, Margaret M.; Solanch, Larry S.
A study addressed the general issue of whether or not a touring college drama production would somehow stimulate greater interest, on the part of elementary teachers and students, in the use of drama as a classroom learning medium. Specifically addressed were whether (1) educational gains would be realized; (2) data would show measurable gains in classroom learning; and (3) formal "a priori" hypotheses could be tested in any subsequent investigations of drama outreach programs in school-based settings. Second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students from three rural St. Lawrence County, New York schools participated in pre- and post-production visits which focused on interactive work and addressed themes associated with the play itself. Case studies of the classroom visitations consisted of the general framework of, as well as any interactions observed during, the visits. These records were used for subsequent reflection and formed the basis of future decisions regarding the goals of touring company outreach as well as future efforts involving action research and encouragement of the use of drama as a classroom learning medium. Results indicated that the anecdotal data was insufficient and inconclusive, and a more empirical approach was needed. Teachers' and students' favorable responses to the classroom visitations indicated, however, that the effort and expense entailed in the design and implementation of an educational drama outreach program in actual classroom settings appeared justified. (Twenty tables of data and two appendixes are attached.) (PRA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers: Drama in Education; New York (Saint lawrence County); Research Suggestions; Theater Research