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ERIC Number: EJ985261
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Nov
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1046-560X
The Integration of Creative Drama in an Inquiry-Based Elementary Program: The Effect on Student Attitude and Conceptual Learning
Hendrix, Rebecca; Eick, Charles; Shannon, David
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v23 n7 p823-846 Nov 2012
Creative drama activities designed to help children learn difficult science concepts were integrated into an inquiry-based elementary science program. Children (n = 38) in an upper elementary enrichment program at one primary school were the participants in this action research. The teacher-researcher taught students the Full Option Science System[TM] (FOSS) modules of sound (fourth grade) and solar energy (fifth grade) with the integration of creative drama activities in treatment classes. A 2 x 2 x (2) Mixed ANOVA was used to examine differences in the learning outcomes and attitudes toward science between groups (drama and non-drama) and grade levels (4th and 5th grades) over time (pre/post). Learning was measured using the tests included with the FOSS modules. A shortened version of the Three Dimension Elementary Science Attitude Survey measured attitudes toward science. Students in the drama treatment group had significantly higher learning gains (F = 160.2, p less than 0.001) than students in the non-drama control group with students in grade four reporting significantly greater learning outcomes (F = 14.3, p less than 0.001) than grade five. There was a significantly statistical decrease in student attitudes toward science (F = 7.5, p less than 0.01), though a small change. Creative drama was an effective strategy to increase science conceptual learning in this group of diverse elementary enrichment students when used as an active extension to the pre-existing inquiry-based science curriculum.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 4; Grade 5
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Language: English
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