Doing Theater for Preschool Children: A Didactic Experience for Teacher Training

By Rosario Neira-Piñeiro.

Published by The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning

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Having good expertise in children’s literature and reading promotion is essential in pre-school teachers’ training. With this purpose, a didactic experience was developed in the subject “reading promotion and drama” of the degree of Infant Teacher Training of the University of Oviedo (Spain). The aim was to apply the knowledge acquired about reading promotion and children’s theatre and to develop professional, literary and communicative competences. The students created and performed several theatrical plays for real children, three to six. Through this experience, the future teachers learned to prepare a performance suitable for preschool children, improved their communicative ability and drama skills –as they used several ways of artistic expression- and increased their practical knowledge about drama education and children’s literature. Although several weaknesses were detected –the volume of work, the high number of students involved and some technical problems-, the experience was very positive and motivating. As a conclusion, doing drama practices as the one described increases the implication of university students, improves learning from a constructivist approach, promotes the development of several competences and prepares future preschool teachers for their professional exercise, as it makes their contact with children possible.

Keywords: Higher Education, Preschool Teacher Education, Drama Education

The International Journal of Early Childhood Learning, Volume 20, Issue 3, May 2014, pp.1-10. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: May 9, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 634.514KB)).

Dr. Rosario Neira-Piñeiro

Lecturer, Faculty of Teacher Training and Education, University of Oviedo, Oviedo, Asturias, Spain

She is a lecturer at the Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (University of Oviedo, Spain), where she is in charge of several subjects related to language and literature and their teaching methods, and she is one of the researchers of the group Tecn@, Technology and Learning. She has published several works about children’s literature –some of them related to poetry picturebook and its contribution to literary education-, literature and cinema, film adaptation and the use of audiovisual media and ICT in education. At this moment, her researches are centered on children’s literature, children’s reading habits, and the formative use of digital and audiovisual media.