Educational Research

Educational Research (ISSN:2141-5161) Vol. 2(6), pp. 1210-1218  June 2011         
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The effects of drama in helping five-year-old children acquire the concepts of number and operation

 

1Türker Sezer, 2Duygu S. Güler- Öztürk

1Marmara University  Atatürk Faculty of Education Department of  Elementary Education  Göztepe Campus 34722  Kadıköy – İstanbul/Turkey

2Abant Izzet Baysal University,  Faculty of Education Department of  Elementary Education Golkoy Campus 14280 Bolu/Turkey

*Corresponding Author  E-Mail: duyguguler@hotmail.com; Tel: +90 374 2541000/1662

Received  15 May, 2011; Accepted 22 June, 2011

Abstract

This study aims to investigate the effects of the drama method in helping five year-old pre-school children acquire the concepts of number and operation. In order to form the study sample, 20 out of 45 five-year-old children attending a public kindergarten in Turkey were randomly selected. Of these 20 children, 10 were assigned randomly to the experimental group and the remaining 10 to the control group. The experiment group undertook a “Drama Based Number and Operation Education Program”. The control group, on the other hand, followed the regular kindergarten curriculum. The results showed that experimental children were significantly more successful than the control group concerning the concepts of number and operation. In other words, it was observed that drama has an important effect in helping children acquire the concepts of number and operation and in supporting these concepts. The results also revealed that gender and the number of siblings did not create a meaningful difference in experimental children’s achievement of the concepts of number and operation.

 

Keywords: Number, operation, drama, preschool education. 

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