Lesson plan, Peer education, Elementary education
Peer education is an effective way to make lasting impressions on both the performers and the audience. When dealing with social issues this is especially true. The performers must have explored their feelings and experiences to a degree of depth that allows them to have enough perspective to portray it to others who may not have thought about the subject in such detail and depth. The audience often relates more easily to their peers than to a grown up telling them how to behave. Many teachers will attest to how much influence children have on each other. This program combats negative peer pressure by teaching children to influence each other in a positive, constructive way. The fact that the performers are showing themselves as being introspective, encourages the audience members to reflect on their own experiences.
Simer, Shannon, "Peer Theater: Social Issues in Action" (1998). WWU Honors College Senior Projects. 279.
Subjects - Topical (LCSH)
Social interaction in children; Peer teaching; Drama in education
student projects; term papers
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