The Impact of Drama on the Practice of Primary School Teachers in the Bethlehem District

By Hala Al-Yamani.

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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 of drama on shaping the teachers’ practice in the classroom. My central research questions are: How do school teachers 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 do the training results modify their approach to teaching? Why did this occur? Where has training not resulted in modifying the 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 towards the teaching process. The drama-based training has helped them accept new concepts such as learner-centred education. In their classroom practice, teachers have shown an increased interest in learner’s participation. Their modified methodologies have taken learners’ needs and interests into account.

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The International Journal of Learning, Volume 15, Issue 12, pp.121-130. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 599.621KB).

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. I have recently obtained 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 dropping out of the school as part of raising the awareness of children and the community to the convention of children’s rights.

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