Proceedings of The International Conference on New Approaches in Education
Drama Scenes in higher education: a method to stimulate students’interest, encourage involvement and develop reflective understanding
Ahmad M. Tawalbeh, Hesham El Marsafawy, Rumpa Roy
Drama takes various forms which reflect cultural values, past happenings, future trends, socio-cultural and behavioral aspect. In return, the various forms of drama have impact on entertainment as well as delivering instructive messages. Utilizing drama scenes/videos in classroom not only facilitates learning process in higher education but helps in retrieving information, stimulating students’ interest, encouraging student engagement, and developing reflective understanding. This proves to be an effective teaching-learning method provided the chosen scenes are well aligned with the topics and reflect learning outcomes. The research aims to measure the impact of utilizing drama in classroom learning in higher education and to develop a framework for implementing this tool effectively in classroom. Staff and students at Gulf University, Bahrain who responded to the surveys confirmed that this method has impact on student learning environment and achievement of learning outcomes. This innovative method is able to stimulate student interest in the courses’ topics, enhance student engagement in class and develop reflective understanding.
Keywords: Academic Programs; Experimental methodology; Teaching and learning; Instructive messages; Learning environment.