Date Approved

6-19-2009

Embargo Period

3-18-2016

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

M.S. in Teaching

Department

Language, Literacy, and Sociocultural Education

College

College of Education

First Advisor

Wassell, Beth A.

Subject(s)

Bullying in schools; Drama in education

Disciplines

Secondary Education and Teaching

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to educate high school students about bullying prevention through the use of theatre education. A unit was designed to enhance student discussion and interpretation of the issue. The use of student journals, discussions, and student work artifacts were used as data sources for this action research study. Along with this, students rehearsed and produced a play, Bang, Bang, You're Dead, designed to create prevention awareness. The Advanced Acting class, eighteen junior and senior level high school students, went through a continuum of change during the study. There was a visible change in their discussions and interpretations during the process. The students took ownership of the information toward the conclusion of the study and created material to reach out to their school community. The data in this study show that students can use their skills and strengths to both comprehend the subject and produce understandings.

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