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There are good resources out there on the Internet. The above are our broad categories which focus on the education of children. Each category is a hyperlink to a new document which will list the articles we have selected.
Each title is then followed by one or more paragraphs taken from the actual article itself. Hopefully these paragraphs will help you decide whether the articles are relevant to your needs and concerns.
- Creative Dramatics in the Language Arts Classroom
Drama in the classroom -- often referred to as creative dramatics to distinguish it from theater arts -- is informal and focuses on the process of dramatic enactment for the sake of the learner, not an audience. Classroom drama is not learning about drama, but learning through drama. Drama has varied applications in the classroom, including improvisation; role-playing; readers' theater; choral readings; and writing and producing radio programs, television screenplays, or documentaries.
- Using Drama and Theatre to Promote Literacy Development
This digest will explain the "myths" of drama and theatre and focus on their effect on children's literacy development. In addition, it will highlight some readily applicable strategies for classroom application.
- Status of Dance in Education
This Digest examines the rationale for dance in education, the status of dance education, and selected issues in dance education such as professional preparation, teacher certification, multiculturalism in dance education, and research needs.
- Can Music Instruction Affect Children's Cognitive Development?
Several studies have examined the effects of music instruction on children's abilities in other disciplines. Other studies have explored the effects of listening to music on adults' spatial abilities. Noting that these two sets of findings have been confused, leading to claims that listening to music can improve children's academic abilities, this Digest evaluates these claims and discusses the evidence regarding effects of music "instruction" on children's abilities.
- Literacy Instruction through Communicative & Visual Arts
When educators expand their methods of literacy instruction to include television, drama, multimedia, comics and other formats, they may be able to reach more students in the language arts classroom and better meet students' different learning styles than would be the case using purely traditional teaching methods.
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