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ERIC Number: EJ1183716
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1932-7528
Investigating the Influence of Dramatic Arts on Young Children's Social and Academic Development in the World of "Jack and the Beanstalk"
Whitmore, Kathryn F.
Journal for Learning through the Arts, v13 n1 2017
This article reports findings from an evaluation study of a 10-week interactive drama residency in a large Head Start preschool in a southeastern state. The goal of the study was to learn about what happened when three to five-year old children and their teachers experienced interactive drama, with particular questions about how the young children's academic and social development might be supported with dramatic arts. Findings from a qualitative analysis of observations, interviews and children's drawing samples indicated how important movement is for engaging young children, how rituals supported self-efficacy and risk taking, and how traveling in and out of a story world supported the imagination necessary for early literacy development. Findings also suggested the importance of involving classroom teachers in professional development about dramatic arts. These findings provoked new questions and plans for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Preschool Education
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Language: English
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