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Drama in the Classroom

Different states in this world have promoted drama as a tool for learning and it has been added in the education policy of these states. Drama not only increases the awareness of children but also increases their skills in such a manner that they can read write build up their self esteem confidence etc. This essay further with the help of different researches conducted through out the world help would prove that Drama is a tool for learning.

In the United Kingdom the education policy added the feature of drama so as to make the children learn with an environment which they would like. It has been reported since then that the students who took part in these drama programs turned out to be good learners. The dramas influenced the children in a good way and the children increasingly after watching these dramas took part in educational processes. It was found through different researches conducted that the children were acting as they were told to act by the teachers and thus they were losing self esteem. Self esteem is considered to be very important in achieving certain gains in life (Davies and Brember 1999). And furthermore if this self esteem is not build upon in the younger ages one cannot build it up in the future stages of life. Seeing such a situation prevailing in the world the government of UK particularly pointed out arts to play an important role in building up the skills of children and it encouraged schools to bring in programs of creativity in their curriculum. In the UK National Theatre took the charge of helping schools in adding creativity in the learning process of the students and this proved to be beneficial in achieving the tasks. It was also found through different researches that active participation and creativeness helps in building up the learning skills of the children. And thus drama can be viewed as a particular tool which encourages both participation and creativeness in the children. The drama programs in schools have their own way of learning as portrayed in the dramas. The artists in the drama particularly point out particular ways of learning which can help in building up the skills of children. Furthermore the importance of drama can be seen in a statement given by the HMI which says ‘The teaching and learning of drama’ (1990) supported this dual nature of drama as a teaching method and an arts subject.Whilst the National Curriculum omits drama in the primary curriculum as an individual subject area, it is mentioned as a teaching tool in the Orders for Maths, History, Geography, Science and English. Furthermore it is also ascertained that drama provides an interactive feature to the children which can help the children to express and present themselves as they want to. This can help in building up the self esteem of children (Clipson-Boyles 1998: 4).The concept of dramas is coming back to the platform once again as different Art Councils all over the world are taking notice of the importance of these dramas in building up the skills of children. Dramas also comprise of games in which the children are allowed to answer questions such as their favorite character theme or scene. These games allow the artists to tell children how interesting and exciting a drama would be. Interviews done in the UK after a drama game was played showed that games were most liked by the children (Word Alive 2003,Primary Classics 2004). As one of the children gave his

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