The teaching and learning strategies of effective drama educators with normal stream secondary school students in Singapore

Chio, Su Ping (2016) The teaching and learning strategies of effective drama educators with normal stream secondary school students in Singapore. Masters thesis, LASALLE College of the Arts.

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Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Title: The teaching and learning strategies of effective drama educators with normal stream secondary school students in Singapore
Synopsis:

In the Singapore education system, the lowest scoring 40% of all students entering secondary school, as measured by the standardized Primary School Leaving Examination (PSLE)), are placed into what is known as the ‘Normal’ stream (Liu, Wang, & Parkins, 2005; Albright, 2006). This study investigates the practices of drama educators who are effective in teaching students from the Normal stream. The investigation was guided by four research questions: (1) What instructional supports do effective drama educators use? (2) What classroom behaviour management strategies do effective drama educators use? (3) What do emotional supports do effective drama educators use address the affective needs of Normal stream students? And (4) What beliefs, thoughts or intentions underpin their teaching practice with Normal stream classes?

Because of the nature of the research questions and the purpose of the study, classroom observations, semi-structured interviews, and questionnaires were used to gather data. An interpretivist approach was employed in data analysis (Gall, Gall, & Borg, 2003; as cited in Ong, 2008). The participants were 7 drama educators teaching Arts-in- Education drama lessons in secondary schools. Through the observation and interview transcripts, the commonalities between all 7 teachers were their high sense of self-efficacy, their avoidance of expressing anger or impatience, their use of contingent praise, and the understanding that their Normal stream students needed more emotional support and acceptance than students in the express stream.

Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Faculty for the Creative Industries > Master - Arts Pedagogy and Practice
Depositing User: Ms Ashalatha Krishnan
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2016 06:28
Last Modified: 15 Jun 2016 06:28
URI: http://drlib.lasalle.edu.sg/id/eprint/375

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