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Theatre Program Helps Students Understand Energy Choices

Theatre Program Helps Students Understand Energy Choices

Preliminary results of a study designed to examine behavior change in elementary and junior high students have shown that an in-school energy curriculum centered on a professional theatre performance has been successful in increasing understanding of important energy issues.

Research Into Action (RIA), an Oregon-based behavior research firm with expertise in energy-related projects and energy audits, spent three years examining students who received an integrated curriculum developed by The National Theatre for Children (NTC) in five states throughout the Tennessee Valley.

“Quality education is crucial to understanding the need to change behavior, and we are seeing increased test scores across all ages, all grades and in both urban and rural schools,” said Ryan Bliss, project director at RIA. “Students involved in the curriculum also show a greater understanding for differences between renewable and non-renewable resources, and that resources produce energy to power their computers, iPods, video games and cell phones.”

The science-based curriculum teaches students grades K-9 that both renewable and non-renewable resources are used to produce electricity. The program connects knowledge and understanding with choices students can make about using energy and the resources needed to make electricity.

“The preliminary results from the first of our three year research study shows that students exposed to the theatre experience used as an introduction to the classroom curriculum understand more than the control group that did not receive the program,” said Ward Eames, president of NTC, an organization that has been bringing energy, environmental and social programs to U.S. schools for over 30 years.

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6:19PM PST on Mar 10, 2011

Love this article. This is our next generation and if they don't learn now there will be nothing left for their children.

6:43AM PST on Mar 10, 2011

sounds like a fun way of learning, thanks for the article

10:20PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Thanks for the info.

8:16PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Unfortunately, I know a few adults who would benefit from this!

7:58PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

nice

6:13PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Commendable, learning to take responsibility in a fun way.
Ideally, children need to get guidance in the home- as well as the school environment!

5:12PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Thanks, I used role playing for training people that work for me, and I can see how it would work, I'm just wondering about the test scores...

3:46PM PST on Mar 9, 2011

Theater and drama can teach math and science as well as home economics and right from wrong. The theater has been used for teaching long before there were schools. Look at how the church used drama before there was a common language.

11:39AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

The top people in ANY and every profession, no matter what it is (name every single one and you will not find one.) that is not improved buy role playing! We are human beings and even the most shy of us, if we feel safe enough to pretend and incorpporate what we know and what we just learned..and what we are TRYING to learn!..and practice it =SUCCESS!!!
Our Planet is messed up, serious issues, as usual are at hand. WE as adults are depending on our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren , great/great/great grandchildren ,"to fix-it?"
Educational roleplaying not only empowers any participant, of any age, ...if it is safe for a goal of empowerment and integrity,
OUR BRAINS FUNCTION, CREATIVITY ROLL's, BRAINCELLS WRAP AROUND THE "IDEA",=ACTUALITY!!,If maybe, if we are lucky, and just give what is needed(includes our participation, stepping up to the plate, personal responsability) we might get to see it happen WITH OUR children, not just through their eyes.
Teach your child how to be a TEAM-PLAYER when solving problems and coming up with ideas, by doing it yourself and sharing, or LEARN TOGETHER!!! What an empowered FAMILY you will be!!
Be blessed my friends, be blessed ! Here is to SOLUTIONS!
R.E.: the article on the school teacher in trouble for ILLOGICAL use of roleplaying: If you read it , SHE SHOULD BE SENT BACK TO SCHOOL, never teach children again, because She is colledge educated, vetted and she SSSOOOOFAILED! We all wish her luck in her new career, not anyw

11:39AM PST on Mar 9, 2011

The top people in ANY and every profession, no matter what it is (name every single one and you will not find one.) that is not improved buy role playing! We are human beings and even the most shy of us, if we feel safe enough to pretend and incorpporate what we know and what we just learned..and what we are TRYING to learn!..and practice it =SUCCESS!!!
Our Planet is messed up, serious issues, as usual are at hand. WE as adults are depending on our children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren , great/great/great grandchildren ,"to fix-it?"
Educational roleplaying not only empowers any participant, of any age, ...if it is safe for a goal of empowerment and integrity,
OUR BRAINS FUNCTION, CREATIVITY ROLL's, BRAINCELLS WRAP AROUND THE "IDEA",=ACTUALITY!!,If maybe, if we are lucky, and just give what is needed(includes our participation, stepping up to the plate, personal responsability) we might get to see it happen WITH OUR children, not just through their eyes.
Teach your child how to be a TEAM-PLAYER when solving problems and coming up with ideas, by doing it yourself and sharing, or LEARN TOGETHER!!! What an empowered FAMILY you will be!!
Be blessed my friends, be blessed ! Here is to SOLUTIONS!
R.E.: the article on the school teacher in trouble for ILLOGICAL use of roleplaying: If you read it , SHE SHOULD BE SENT BACK TO SCHOOL, never teach children again, because She is colledge educated, vetted and she SSSOOOOFAILED! We all wish her luck in her new career, not anyw

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