Process drama in the classroom. A case study of developing participation for advanced EAL learners in an international school

Dearbhla McDonnell, Aisling O'Boyle

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Abstract

This paper reports on a study of the use of process drama in an international primary school in the Netherlands. The research investigated the extent to which using process drama could develop participation for advanced EAL learners. In addition, we sought to understand pupils’ perspectives. Using a qualitative methodology, we undertook a case study approach focusing on six advanced EAL learner pupils (9-10-year-olds). We implemented the process drama approach during a series of nine science lessons. We collated and analysed Video recording of lessons, the class teacher’s written observations, a research journal, two interviews and a focus group with the case study participants using an arts-based framework of participation, previously employed by Pérez-Moreno (2018). We deployed embodied research methods. The findings suggest that using process drama as a teaching methodology increased participation, but not immediately. In addition, pupils who had not previously spoken out in lessons began to volunteer their ideas. All case study pupils reported that they considered that their participation increased.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)56-75
Number of pages20
JournalScenario: A Journal for Performative Teaching, Learning, Research
Volume15
Issue number1
Early online date11 Aug 2021
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Publication statusEarly online date - 11 Aug 2021

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