Implementation of life sciences from the perspectives of students: Creative drama as a qualitative data collection method Öǧrenci gözüyle hayat bilgisi dersinin işlenişi: Bir nitel araştırma yöntemi olarak yaratıcı drama

Taneri P. O., ENGİN DEMİR C.

Elementary Education Online, vol.12, no.1, pp.267-282, 2013 (Scopus) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 12 Issue: 1
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Journal Name: Elementary Education Online
  • Journal Indexes: Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.267-282
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of this study is to examine the perceptions of students on the implementation of life sciences curriculum through using creative drama sessions. Eighty seven 2nd and 3rd grade students from an elementary school in one of the districts of Ankara participated in the study. Data were collected through employing four different creative drama methods: (a) letters, (b) drawings, (c) improvisations, and (d) still images of students. Content analysis was used to analyze the qualitative data collected in drama sessions. The findings indicated that the teachers had a role of knowledge transmitter to a group of passive students in life sciences classrooms. The most frequently used teaching methods were lecturing, question-answer, and demonstration through using textbooks, workbooks, and white boards. In addition, the most frequently used assessment methods were essay and oral exams, classroom observations, and self-assessment. Besides, it emerged that students prefer group work and animation rather than typing. The affluence and diversity of collected data in this study showed that as an art-based qualitative research method, creative drama was a quite effective method in revealing intimate opinions of young children.