In their own words: how do students relate drama pedagogy to their learning in curriculum subjects?
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The rationale for this study is that students' views on their own learning play an integral part in their educational journeys. Students' voice has been gaining recognition as a vehicle for cultivating ownership of learning, restoring classroom dialogue, and developing strategies for school improvement. These benefits echo the pedagogical purposes of drama education. This study examines how a group of primary students in Hong Kong relate drama pedagogy to their learning in two curriculum subjects - Chinese Language and General Studies. Working with a group of primary students introduced to drama as a medium of learning for the first time, the researcher seeks to find out what aspects of the drama programme is seen by the students as pertinent to their learning in these subjects. The students generally found the Process Drama units more closely related to the learning in General Studies than Chinese Language. Factors influencing their views include the learning focus of the Process Drama work, students' beliefs about learning in these two school subjects, and the pedagogical approaches previously adopted in their school.
Research in Drama Education: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance
© 2009 Routledge. This is an electronic version of an article published in RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance, Vol. 14(2), 2009, pp. 191-209. RiDE: The Journal of Applied Theatre and Performance is available online at: http://www.informaworld.com with the open URL of your article.
Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development