Secondary School Students’ Opinions About Readers’ Theatre

S. Gulin Karabag


APA 6th edition
Karabag, S.G. (2015). Secondary School Students’ Opinions About Readers’ Theatre. European Journal of Educational Research, 4(1), 14-21. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.4.1.14

Harvard
Karabag S.G. 2015 'Secondary School Students’ Opinions About Readers’ Theatre', European Journal of Educational Research , vol. 4, no. 1, pp. 14-21. Available from: http://dx.doi.org/10.12973/eu-jer.4.1.14

Chicago 16th edition
Karabag, S. Gulin . "Secondary School Students’ Opinions About Readers’ Theatre". (2015)European Journal of Educational Research 4, no. 1(2015): 14-21. doi:10.12973/eu-jer.4.1.14

Abstract

In this article, a teaching strategy which not only blends yesterday and today in a meaningful way but also powerfully integrates literacy and history will be examined. Firstly Readers’ Theatre as a technique will be introduced. Secondly, the usage guidelines of Readers’ Theatre will be presented. Finally the opinions of secondary school students about Readers’ Theatre as an instructional component in history teaching will be discussed. The research was conducted on 72 11th grade students from Deneme Secondary School in Çankaya district in Ankara in the spring term of 2013-2014 school years. For the purpose of the study, students were taught by using Readers’ Theatre technique in history lessons for four weeks and at the end of this implementation, the semi-structured interviews were held to determine the opinions of students about Readers’ Theatre technique. The themes were formed by making content analyze to the collected data. It is concluded that the students mainly have described Readers’ Theatre as “theatre”. They have found Readers’ Theatre useful in many respects as they outline the positive effect of the technique on their reading and obtaining historical information. They like most the cooperation with their peers and acting. The vast majority of students have not mentioned any dislikes and a few of them have difficulties to follow the script. Finally, the answers of the majority of the students on the implementation of Readers’ Theatre again are “positive” and their suggestions for better implementation are “on stage”, “the same way” and “using visuals”.

Keywords: Instructional readers’ theatre technique, history teaching, reading, skill


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