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Master of Education (M.Ed.)
Michael W. Firmin, Ph.D.
drama in education, public speaking, elementary extracurricular activities
This qualitative study reports student perceptions regarding residual effects of participation in an elementary school theatre program. The study was based on interviews of 22 students who were 11-16 years old and who attended a public school in a rural Midwestern community. Results showed that students perceived the following effects of participation in an elementary play: development of academic and personal life skills that were transferred to other areas of life, increased development of personal traits, such as self-confidence, development of positive social networks, and stimulated desire for continued involvement with performing arts.
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Dietry, Karen D., "Residual Effects of an Elementary Theatre Program" (2012). Master of Education Research Theses. 41.