“Does Drama within the Curriculum for Excellence aid S1 pupils in their Personal Development? An observational study conducted in Denny High School, Falkirk.”
This study explores Drama as a subject within the Curriculum for Excellence (CfE) which is the new framework for the Scottish Curriculum. CfE explains the importance of the Expressive Arts within learning and how it prepares for a world outside of education with a child centered approach. As a result, there will be focus on key skills that are believed to be associated with Drama in Education. A focus on the Curriculum for Excellence and the foundation of what is offered in Drama will be the base of this study. An analysis of a questionnaire completed by S1 pupils and analysis of classroom observations with a focus on a small number of pupils will provide evidence to support both sides of the argument as to whether or not Drama plays a role in aiding personal development. As this is strictly observational, this allows for a unique exploration into how Drama provides growth to a pupil’s personal development or whether or not what is offered in education is not as impactful as it aims to be. This study cannot convey an answer or draw to any well-rounded conclusions due to the nature of this study; a small sample group and a qualitative style of data. Despite this, there shall hopefully be to suggest the Drama does have an impact and benefits the growth of a pupil’s personal development.