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The Benefits of Using Sociodrama in the Elementary Classroom: Promoting Caring Relationships Among Educators and Students

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In the current age of academic rigor, standards and accountability, the fostering of caring relationships in the classroom may not always be a priority. Expressing care for another person is a skill that can be taught and nurtured through a supportive educational environment. Sociodrama encourages each of its participants to develop self-confidence and self-expression through risk-taking and exploration in activities that explore real life personal feelings and situations. By using sociodrama as a means for exploring issues in the classroom it is possible to celebrate participants’ individuality and to create caring and nurturing relationships among educators and students. This article examines the research describing the benefits of including sociodrama in the elementary curriculum.

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Pecaski McLennan, D.M. The Benefits of Using Sociodrama in the Elementary Classroom: Promoting Caring Relationships Among Educators and Students. Early Childhood Educ J 35, 451–456 (2008). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10643-007-0195-2

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Keywords

  • Sociodrama
  • Elementary
  • Caring
  • Self-confidence
  • Self-expression
  • Social
  • Role-play
  • Drama
  • Group work
  • Improvisation
  • Risk-taking
  • Moreno
  • Empathy
  • Understanding
  • Community
  • Safe space
  • Boal