Children’s experiences of a drama programme in social and emotional learning

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Children’s experiences of a drama programme in social and emotional learning

The aim of the school-based drama programme was to enhance child social and emotional learning. The programme was implemented by class teachers or teacher–school nurse dyads among fourth and fifth graders (10–12 years old) during the school year 2007–2008. Teachers and school nurses received training before the implementation. One hundred and four students participated. The purpose of the pilot study was to explore student experiences concerning the programme and the learning experiences. After the program, questionnaires with structured and open-ended questions were completed by 90 students (response rate 87%). Additionally, four focus group interviews were conducted. The research data were analysed statistically and by using qualitative data analysis. The quantitative results indicate that most students liked the programme and were enthusiastic about it. According to the qualitative data, students described, e.g. enhanced social and emotional learning and increased understanding of diversity and consequences of bullying. Additionally, drama transformed prosocial behaviour.

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