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
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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