Development of an Instrument to Assess the Impact of Drama Practice in Young People

Keywords: drama in education, youth, measuring instrument, dramatic arts, applied theatre

Abstract

The present work describes the process of design and validation of a Battery (T&Y: "El teatro y yo". Theatre and me), designed to evaluate the perception that young people have about the theatrical experience and its impact on their own personal development. A total of 305 young people completed the different versions of the instrument. Their conversations were recorded and later analyzed. The analysis of the items and scales properties (asymmetry, kurtosis, factorial structure, etc.) helped to eliminate those items that did not meet the criteria and to improve the three scales that make up the battery. The results show that the whole battery and its questionnaires have adequate psychometric characteristics that guarantee both its reliability and its validity. The battery can be a useful tool for teachers and trainers to evaluate the effect of drama practice on young people’s development.

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Author Biographies

Tomás Motos-Teruel, Universitat de València, Spain

Philosophy and Education PhD, Special Award (University of Valencia, 1992). Didactics and School Management Senior Professor at the University of Valencia.

Co-director of the Master's in Applied Theater. He has given numerous teachers training courses and lectures and taken part in national and international conferences related with Creativity, Body Language, Theatre in Education, and Arts Education. He has written over twenty-five books, book chapters, and numerous articles in relevant international magazines. His latest books are Teatro en la educación (España 1970- 2028) (2020), Taller de teatro y danza (2018) and, Teatro Aplicado (2015).

Vicente Alfonso-Benlliure, Universitat de València, Spain

Assistant professor of the Developmental and Educational Psychology at the University of Valencia. Teaching activity focused on the Psychology of Children and Adolescent Development, High Capacities, Creativity and the promotion of Emotional Intelligence.
Research activity focused on the evaluation and promotion of creativity throughout the life span. A research six-year period recognized by the National Commission for the Evaluation of Research Activity (CENAI). Author of the Children's Creativity Test (TCI), published by TEA designed to assess the creative process in Elemmentary Education. Co-director of the Master of Applied Theater at the University of Valencia.

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Published
2020-06-30