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Drama for personal development

Updated: May 20, 2021

Not only is drama an academic subject, but it is also a tool for personal development. Here are some of the benefits of drama - and how drama promotes personal development in children.

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It occurs to me that each of these points could be expanded, but there is plenty of literature on how useful drama is for personal development so for now I have just noted some of the ways in which drama promotes personal development in children.

Drama for personal development

  • Self expression

  • Giving voice to children and allowing them to express their feelings

  • Confidence

  • Presentation skills / public speaking

  • Asserting / discovering individuality

  • Working through self consciousness

  • Awareness and understanding of others (putting yourself in someone else's shoes - perspective and empathy)

  • Exploring teenage / adolescence issues

  • Encourages risk taking (in thought and performance)

  • Cooperation, teamwork, leadership

  • Spontaneity, thinking quickly and creatively

  • Critical thinking

  • Develops imagination and creativity

  • Problem solving and decision making

  • Communication skills

  • Language use, articulation and speech

  • Fun way to express yourself

  • Seeing things in a different way / exploring issues from a different perspective

  • Promotes open discussion of topics / issues

  • Brings humour to real life issues and allows sensitive exploration of issues

  • Flexibility in thinking

  • Social development generally

  • Catharsis

  • Self awareness and self exploration

  • Analysing, developing sensitivity and perception to the world around us

  • Friendships

Happy drama teaching!


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