The Impact of Drama on the Practice of the Primary School Teachers: Drama in Training Teachers

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This paper will draw on research I have conducted with primary school teachers in Bethlehem. It attempts to assess the impact drama has had on shaping their practice in the classroom. My central research questions are:

  • How do schoolteachers interact and behave in drama-based training sessions?
  • How do they respond to this training?
  • How does it affect their subsequent approach in the classroom?
  • Where the training results in a modified approach to teaching, why has that occurred?
  • Where training has not resulted in modified approaches to training, why has change not occurred?

I have used qualitative research methods and the interpretative approach so as to elicit the views and opinions of the teachers. An analysis of the data produced by the research demonstrates that drama has a positive impact on teachers’ perceptions of students. It also impacts beneficially on their own professional motivation and enhances their perception of their own role as teachers. The drama-based training helped them accept new concepts such as learner-centered education. In their classroom practice they showed an increased interest in student participation. Their modified methodologies took more account of the needs of students.

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Stream: Curriculum and Pedagogy; Student Learning, Learner Experiences, Learner Diversity
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Impact of Drama on the Practice of Primary School Teachers in the Bethlehem District, The

Dr. Hala Al-Yamani

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, Bethlehem University
Bethlehem, West Bank

Hala Al-Yamani: Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Education at Bethlehem University. Recently I got my Ph.D in Drama in Education. My Ph.D research focused on the role of drama in initial teacher education and particularly the use of drama in the Early Childhood Teacher Education programmes at Bethlehem University. I did other researches which focused on the impact of drama on the work of the teachers at the basic level. I had various experiences in teaching and training teachers of the Early Childhood stage from a new and update perspective of teaching and learning. I worked with the Ministry of Education and other International foundations such as Save the Children and UNICEF in planning and training programmes for trainers and supervisors of the Early Childhood stage. I directed few short scenes, a musical children's play entitled " Blame it on the Wolf" and Forum Theatre plays which dealt with important issues such as Droping out of the school as part of raising the awareness of children and the community to the Convention of children's rights. I worked with the Curriculum Department at the Ministry of Education on evaluating the Drama Curriculum for the first five classes which developed by a group of teachers and supervisors.

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