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Psychological Science and Education

Publisher: Moscow State University of Psychology and Education

ISSN (printed version): 1814-2052

ISSN (online): 2311-7273


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Drama Activity as a Means of Development and Lear-ning in Adolescence: The Results of an Empirical Study 507


Rubtsova O.V.
PhD in Psychology, Head of the Center for Interdisciplinary Research of Contemporary Childhood, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia

Poskakalova T.A.
Researcher of the Interdisciplinary Center for Research on Contemporary Childhood, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia

The article focuses on the results of the first stage of the research project: “Innovative model of organizing experimental and research activity of adolescents (“Digital Storytelling Theatre”)”, conducted by the Centre for Interdisciplinary Research on Contemporary Childhood in MSUPE. The project aims at elaborating a model of school theatre for adolescents. In the framework of the project theatre is perceived as a particular kind of communicative educational environment, where adolescents can experiment with social and psychological objects — roles, positions and relationships. On the first stage of the project (September 2019 — March 2020) an empirical study was conducted, aimed at investigating theatre activity as an efficient means of development and learning in adolescence. The research was conducted in School № 1564 in Moscow, Russia.72 adolescents aged from 13 to 14 years participated in the study. The data received testify that regular participation in theatre activity contributes to boosting adolescents’ psychological well-being, as well as helps to develop soft skills and improve academic achievement.

Keywords: drama, theatre, drama activity, adolescence, psychological well-being, metacognitive competences (soft skills), academic achievement

Column: Developmental Psychology


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