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Drama Promotes Critical Thinking

Tuesday, 21 June 2016 00:00

Students who participate in extracurricular activities develop fundamental tools to provide and maintain critical thinking skills. Research suggests that the application of creative, abstract and imaginary expression through an aesthetic vehicle is needed to foster academic motivation, development and stability that will contribute to a child's fulfillment and security for a lifetime.

Drama paired with education can offer students a comprehensive and innovative base for future experiences in theater, as well as strengthen their social abilities.

Academically, students will be successful and more likely to manifest their hidden talents when they have an opportunity to explore real-life journeys through drama, dance and arts development. The dynamics of engaging in various modes of creative activity can be a long-term benefit. There is a systemwide measure for change encompassing learning strategies and constant renewal of their thinking processes, mind stimulation and behaviors on four levels.

  • Drama fosters critical thinking skills. Ongoing studies support the concept that theater gives insight on perspectives of the character of others and settings. Analyzing and understanding perspectives of others sharpens the skill of critical thinking by approaching common situations from multiple angles.
  • Children are naturally dramatic. A drama program allows students to channel their extra energy and excitement into a structured environment that allows them to be creative in a safe environment.
  • Theater builds confidence. Performing on stage and overcoming fear can give individuals confidence to feel they are invincible and can accomplish anything they set forth to do.
  • Drama encourages children to become better problem-solvers. Team collaboration helps children to determine benefits, consequences, and the principles of compromising in a circumstance.

Dramatic Education, Inc. offers a variety of performing arts implementation and teacher trainings. Visit www.dramaticeducation.com for more information.

Photo courtesy of Dramatic Education.