ERIC Number: ED418344
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997-Aug-8
Children's Voices through Dramatic Play.
Dramatic play provides children an excellent way to express their feelings and perceptions of the world that surrounds them. It is also an alternative way for researchers and teachers to capture, understand, and interpret children's voices because of the difficulties that children have in expressing ideas through oral and written language. While dramatic play has been widely used in preschool education, it has been overlooked during the school years. This paper describes a program in theatrical expression, based on dramatic play, with urban children from ages 8 to 14 in a Colombian city. The program uses improvisations or play episodes created by the children without a written script. One of the purposes has been to explore a pedagogical alternative to the authoritarian relationship between teacher and students. The emphasis is on process rather than result and growth rather than entertainment. The creation process resembles qualitative research methods in the different stages of collecting ideas, interpreting children's dramatic plays, composing the final theatrical and musical production, and sharing it with an audience. Dramatic play experiences with older children are shown to provide an appropriate alternative learning approach which integrates several kinds of learning (e.g.; computers, language, culture, writing, the future). Unresolved questions are highlighted. (EMK)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Qualitative Analysis Conference (14th, Toronto, Ontario, August 8, 1997); and at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (105th, Chicago, IL, August 15-17, 1997).