Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1773

Full Length Research Paper

The effect of drama activities on five-year-old children’s social skills

Ceylan Remziye
  • Ceylan Remziye
  • Department of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.
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Gök Çolak Feride
  • Gök Çolak Feride
  • Department of Early Childhood Education, Faculty of Education, Yildiz Technical University, Istanbul, Turkey.
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Demir Betul
  • Demir Betul
  • Kindergarten of Silivrikapı, Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey.
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  •  Received: 27 March 2019
  •  Accepted: 23 May 2019
  •  Published: 23 June 2019

Abstract

The aim of this study is to investigate the effects of drama activities on the social skills of five-year-old children. In this research, experimental design with pre-test/post-test control group was used. The sample group of the study consisted of 32 kindergarten five-year-old children in Fatih, Istanbul, Turkey in 2017-2018 academic year. After a random selection, 16 children (8 girls and 8 boys), were selected as the experimental group while the other 16 children (8 girls and 8 boys) were selected as the control group. In the study, General Information Form and Preschool Social Skills Assessment Scale - PSSAS were used as data collection tools. A total of 24 drama activities were administered to the children in the experimental group three times a week for eight weeks. After the completion of the drama activities, the experimental and control groups were administered the same scale as posttest and four weeks later as a retention test for the experimental group. As a result of the study, a statistically significant difference was found between the pre-test / post-test total scores of social skills of the experimental and the control group in favor of the experimental group (p <0.05).

 

Key words: Early childhood education, drama, drama activities, social skills.