International Journal of Education & the Arts

Volume 7 Number 2

April 14, 2006

Exploring Moral Values with Young Adolescents
Through Process Drama

Marie Gervais
University of Alberta, Canada

Citation: Gervais, Marie. (2006, April 14). Exploring moral values with young adolescents through process drama. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 7(2). Retrieved [date] from http://www.ijea.org/v7n2/.

Abstract
The connection between drama and moral education in young adolescence has not been widely researched. This study examines the role of process drama. In this study process drama is defined as educational drama for awareness and conflict resolution through the creation of a dramatic collective exploring the moral values of junior high school age students. Students examined their values through themes of family, friendship, and other issues of personal importance. When dramatic cognitive dissonance was followed by group discussion and reflection, studentsí awareness of their values articulation processes was heightened and their interpersonal problem solving skills improved. The ensuing group ethos that developed was characterized by caring, respect, and mutual commitment. This study suggests that dramatic engagement focusing on personal story can be a significant moral education tool for junior high students.

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