Mathematics Education Trends and Research

Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID metr-00016, 7 Pages

doi: 10.5899/2013/metr-00016


Research Article


A Study on the Role of Drama in Learning Mathematics


Elahe Masoum1, Mohsen Rostamy-Malkhalifeh1, Zahra Kalantarnia1 *


1Department of Mathematics, Science and Research Branch, Islamic Azad University, Tehran, Iran


* Corresponding author. Email address: Z.Kalantarnia@mailfa.org


Received: 22 May 2013; Revised: 07 July 2013; Accepted: 09 July 2013


Copyright © 2013 Elahe Masoum, Mohsen Rostamy-Malkhalifeh and Zahra Kalantarnia. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Present educational systems needs modern strategies for teaching and learning. Mathematics education has to change for students in elementary schools. One of the modern strategies, it is drama activities. The drama is as empirical aspect of learning. The student may learn from what they are doing in drama. They are so active instead having a passive shape in drama, in fact, students are learning, finding experiences and new paths from drama as well. The students could find its capabilities, recommendations and strength-weakness points through the different drama. This study is looking to investigate the role of drama so that have a better understanding of mathematical concepts in Zahedan's girly elementary students (2011-12). This research is used on 36 three grade students through quasi-experiment method. The emerging results clearly showed that using drama in mathematics education has been better results against the traditional teaching. Then it seems that cited method is suitable for elementary students to learn mathematical concepts.


Keywords: Mathematic education; drama; teaching; perception; mathematical concepts.

References

  1. H. Alamalhodaee, New strategies for math teaching, Tehran: Shiv pub, (2002) 42.


  2. C. Breen, M. S. Hannula, Exploring alternative interpretations of classroom data, Proceedings of the 27th Conference of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education, Vol. Honolulu, USA, (2003) 174.


  3. F. Baji-Gál, E. Elek, T. Nagyné, Drama pedagogia alkalmazása. Debrecen, Hungary: Pedellus Tankonyvkiado KFT, (2001).


  4. P. Chaviaris, S. Kafoussi, Developing students' collaboration in a mathematics classroom through dramatic activities, International Electronic Journal of Mathematics Education, 5 (2) (2010) 91-110.


  5. P.Chaviaris, Types of socio mathematical interactions in mathematics classroom: The observation of video-recorded collaboration and the role- playing as environments for reflection, Unpublished PhD Dissertation, University of the Aegean, Greece (in Greek), (2006).


  6. A. Duatepe, B. Ubuz, (2002), Drama based instruction and geometry, Retrieved July 01, 2005.http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/summary?doi=10.1.1.86.4979


  7. M. Fleming, C. Merell, P. Tymms, The impact of drama on pupils' language, mathematics, and attitude in two primary schools, Research in Drama Education, 9 (2) (2004) 177-197.


  8. J. Kerekes, K. P. King, The king's carpet: drama play in teacher education, International Journal of Instruction, 3 (1) (2010) 39-60.


  9. S. Kafoussi, P. Chaviaris, R. Dekker, Factors that influence the development of students' regulating activities as they collaborate in mathematics, International Journal for Mathematics in Education, (2010).


  10. M. Koç, H. Dikinci, The Use of Drama as a Method in Education retrieved on 7th March 2004 from, (2000). [Online]: http://www.ilkogretimonline.org.tr


  11. R. J. Osborne, Towards modifying students' ideas about electric current, Research in Science and Technological Education, (1983) 73-82.


  12. A. Okvuran, Drama ögretmeninin yeterlilikleri, Ankara Üniversitesi Egitim Bilimleri Fakültesi Dergisi, Sayi, (36) (1-2) (2003) 81-87.


  13. S. Sngül, S. Örnek, The effects of dramatization method on elementary school students' levels of math attitudes and achievements, Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 1 (2009) 2131-2135.


  14. Y. Sengün, T. Iskenderoglu, A review of creative drama studies in math education: aim, data collection, data analyses, sample and conclusions of studies, Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 9 (2010) 1214-1219.


  15. J. F. Saab, The effects of creative drama methods on mathematics achievement, attitudes and creativity, Unpublished PhD Dissertation, West Virginia University, Morgantown, (1987).


  16. Y. Salimi, The role of purposeful math games in math teaching, math teaching fifth conference, (2000).


  17. Behvar, Safure. The comparison for teaching method playing a role and current teaching method on stimulation and educational developments for text books of Hedyehaye Asemani female students at primary 5th grade. Proposal for M.A, Allame Tabatabaei university


  18. M. Tezer, E. Aktunç, Teacher opinions in the implementation of the drama method in mathematics teaching, Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 2 (2010) 5836-5840.