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Use of puppets in primary education

Nika Maček (2011) Use of puppets in primary education. Diploma thesis.

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    In my diploma thesis I describe and explore the use of puppets in primary school. A puppet is a perfect opportunity of authentic communication and at the same time it is a motivator in acquiring curricular goals, but unfortunately it is not sufficiently integrated in everyday school work process. Therefore in the theoretical part I present the power of puppets, the symbolic play and the importance of a puppet for a child and I explain the benefits of including puppets in school lessons and school curriculum. I also provide many opportunities for the integration of puppets as daily teacher's “helpers” in school life and I explain the importance of a teacher’s role in communicating with a puppet. In the empirical part I present some of my experiences with the use of puppets in a classroom which confirm the power of a puppet itself. The second part of my empirical work was done through an online survey among male and female teachers confirming that teachers rarely use puppets in a classroom. Most of the teachers think that a puppet is at least occasionally a suitable method for achieving curricular goals, but they think that it is more suitable to be used in lower grades. Puppets are mostly used in Slovenian language lessons that is why most often used methods are puppettelling, puppetalking and puppetizing. There are still too many teachers that believe they do not have proper training to use puppets in school. Most of the knowledge about using puppets in school they have obtained through self-education.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: role of a puppet, puppets in school, primary school curriculum, child, teacher's role, competence of a teacher
    Number of Pages: 87
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    red. prof. spec. Edvard MajaronMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=9112137)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 603
    Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 14:39
    Last Modified: 20 Feb 2012 08:56
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/603

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