ERIC Number: ED458643
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Sep
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Drama and Primary Science.
A study examined primary children's learning in science in the areas of health and the environment through the use of drama activities. Parallel classes of children followed a similar half-term program of classroom science activities with their class teachers. The research took place in an urban school of approximately 300 pupils of mixed ability and background. Schemes of work for "minibeasts" in Year 3 and "our bodies" in Year 5 were developed to enhance health and environmental understanding through drama in one of the parallel classes in each year group. The children's attitudes and understanding were assessed before, during, and after the teaching program and the responses of the parallel groups were compared. Comparison of pre- and post-intervention assessments of the test group pupils confirmed they: (1) showed increased understanding of scientific concepts about the body to inform their views on health; (2) improved in levels detail, and scientific accuracy in their drawings about what is in the body; and (3) showed positive attitudes toward health throughout, but had a raised priority for health at the end of the teaching program. (Contains 14 references.) (RS)
Descriptors: Class Activities, Drama, Elementary Education, Environmental Education, Foreign Countries, Health Education, Instructional Effectiveness, Science Instruction, Urban Education
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (England)