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Does Drama Promote Early Childhood Development? The Effect of Drama on Language, Perspective-taking, and Imagination

This study will use a quasi-experimental multi-site design to investigate the impact of an innovative preschool drama program on urban Head Start children's development of language, perspective-taking, and imagination. This investigation seeks to answer the following research questions: (a) is participation in a high-quality drama program related to enhanced language, perspective-taking, and imagination development of young children enrolled in Head Start? (b) what are the key characteristics of the drama program that may contribute to Head Start children's enhanced language, perspective-taking, and imagination? Participants will include 155 four- and five-year-old children, 72 who participated in the drama program, and 83 who did not participate in the program. Children's language abilities, ability to construct a story, ability to comprehend emotions, and imaginative abilities will be assessed both before the start of the drama program and after it has concluded. It is anticipated that results from the study will support the preschool drama program as an engaging and pleasurable way to prepare Head Start children for school success.
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