Motivating aboriginal children to think constructively through creative drama
This study concentrates on motivating aboriginal children to think constructively using creative drama. Just a handful of researchers have studied children’s constructive thinking using creative drama with emphasis on the possible difficulties encountered by teachers and the strategies adopted by teachers in recent years; few researchers have studied the development of aboriginal children’s creativity. Therefore, this study constructs a creative drama curriculum based on the action plan designed for 22 children who are 4 ~ 6 years old attending BaDu Kindergarten attached to TaiYun Elementary School with emphasis on the following: 1. How to execute the aboriginal children’s creative drama curriculum? 2. How to apply creativity strategies to the aboriginal children’s creative teaching process?
This study has summarized the findings as follows: 1. Creative teaching process: (1). the aboriginal children are comfortable with a straightforward learning environment. It is therefore very important not to switch the lessons too fast, allowing sufficient time for the children to use their creativity and thereby comprehend the lessons and prepare schoolwork inventively. Thus, the children have the best chance to develop their creativity. (2). the creative drama teaching process serves its purpose, helping children to act more confidently and flexibly than before. Nonetheless, it takes a longer time to find out if children have improved their originality and precision. 2. Creativity strategies: (1). children are guided into the drama and act as a part of the drama, taking part in the drama “disguisedly” and “impulsively”. (2) In the creative drama teaching process, researchers combine field experience with theory and review the teaching process in order to improve teaching skills. (3) After the completion of creative drama teaching process, both teachers have improved their concepts, attitudes, and skills. Both teachers are eager to help children develop their thinking abilities using the creative drama-related activities constructed by this study. Finally, this study presents the findings and recommendations based on the creative drama curriculum designed for the aboriginal children, and hopes the findings and recommendations are beneficial to the drama teachers, kindergarten teachers, and all other researchers.
Key words: creative drama teaching, aboriginal children, children’s drama teaching, inventive thinking, action study.