Using Puppet Theatre to Shape the Storytelling Skills of Early Childhood Education Teacher Trainees (73111)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: Liu Shu-ying

Thursday, 23 November 2023 19:00
Session: Session 6
Room: Room 605
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

While able to read stories, student teachers typically have little understanding of how to enhance their storytelling skills, and thus the experience of children, using props and other objects. This paper focuses on how that can be addressed by using puppet theatre to nurture Early Childhood Education teacher trainees’ storytelling skills.

The participants in the research were 30 third-year Early Childhood Education BA students. The research was conducted largely in-person in real-classroom settings, although it was also partly online due to Covid-19 restrictions.

An action research methodology was used. Research activities included creative tasks to give students first-hand experience of performing arts; using picture books and adaptations to develop students’ audio-visual and kinesthetic sensitivities, and enhance their expression and storytelling; and using object representations to activate the imagination and subsequently create object puppet scenes, recorded as online videos.

Data collected included photographs, video, and records of participant observation conversations. All was reflected upon; analyzed and triangulated. Additionally, other professionals were invited to give feedback.

From the results, I conclude that exploring diverse artistic elements helps enhance student-teachers’ perception and understanding of the benefits of drama for young children. In particular, it shows that the use of puppet theatre can strengthen students’ knowledge and application of aesthetic and art-related skills. It furthermore demonstrates that teaching that links auditory, visual and kinesthetic creativity can cultivate a diversity of artistic perspectives and teaching strategies that assist the development of student-teachers’ storytelling skills, and thus the learning of the children in their classes.

Liu Shu-Ying, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan

About the Presenter(s)
Professor Liu Shu-Ying is a University Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00