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/.
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.