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ERIC Number: EJ853895
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 95
ISSN: ISSN-1046-6819
The Use of Theatre as an Instructional Strategy in the Content Areas for Students with Reading and Learning Disabilities
Beyda, Sandra D.
Learning Disabilities: A Multidisciplinary Journal, v12 n2 p65-74 2003
Theatre is a powerful tool for organizing one's experience. It is an instructional technique that motivates students as they seek to understand and communicate their learning. This article provides a foundation for using theatre as a learning strategy in the content areas for students with reading and learning disabilities, using metacognition as an important factor. Theatre addresses three prerequisite conditions for metacognition: information processing capacity, domain-specific knowledge, and motivation. This article describes research that supports the use of theatre-based learning as a way to strengthen perceptual skills, improve retention of new information, and to promote positive affective states, active student engagement, and reading comprehension. An example of implementing theatre-based activities in social studies instruction is described. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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