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Children,s participation in puppetry

Petra Topić (2015) Children,s participation in puppetry. Diploma thesis.

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    In puppetry, children's participation has a special place. Children take a creative part in it and have a very important role. Their teachers should let them express their ideas freely when working with the puppet. Reggio Emilia's pedagogical approach is introduced in the first part of this paper, since certain segments of this concept continually represent a solid ground of working with children. Participation as the core principle of this approach is also described here. Teachers encourage participation basically because they want to make each and every individual child in the kindergarten feel as part of this environment. In part two, creative drama is described as one of the ways of how to implement participation in the kindergarten. In creative drama, puppetry encourages active learning and discovering process in children. Communication is as important as the objectives stated in the curriculum. It is not structured separately, but it is nonetheless part of the unofficial curriculum that represents an equally important segment of our educational approach/programme. Should participation in the kindergarten be implemented appropriately, special attention needs to be paid to the children – teacher communication and the puppet as a mediator in this communication is a very efficient means of education as it improves personal relationships and makes the atmosphere in the group more relaxed. Learning through stories and puppets represents a solid ground for the implementation of different activities and areas of the curriculum. In this part, the main objective is to show the puppet as a learning tool. The puppet's story is a huge help in that. Such an approach enables holistic learning where children are an active part of the whole learning process. A high participation rate on behalf of the children can be observed in the learning-with-the-puppet approach. In the research part of the paper, the use of the puppet in education process and children's participation in that were looked into. The main focus was on the variety of elements of children's participation with the puppet. The results showed that the use of the puppet in education was not as frequent as one might wish. The participation of our kindergarten children population was not satisfactory either as the research showed the lack of participative possibilities as stated in the literature.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: participation, active part in creative drama, puppet as a learning tool
    Number of Pages: 63
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    viš. pred. mag. Helena KorošecMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10606665)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2886
    Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2015 13:53
    Last Modified: 02 Jul 2015 13:53
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2886

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