A Program Evaluation of Immersive Devised Story Drama: Process and Impacts at a Summer Creativity Camp
Dissertation - Public Access
Ed.D. Doctor of Education
This utilization-focused evaluation examined the relationship of a devised drama program at a summer youth camp to the campers’ social-emotional learning (SEL), creativity growth, and character development. Methods used in the study included surveys of parents, interviews of teachers, and focus groups of campers. Results indicated that the devised drama provides durable, effective enrichment in SEL, creativity growth, and character development. Data also suggested that engagement in the drama contributed to an enhanced ability to manage anxiety. Concluding recommendations propose the overt use of the vocabulary of SEL competencies and grade-level appropriate SEL curricula. Professional development in Applied Improvisation for teachers, adult SEL for counselors, and pursuing a national program accreditation were also recommended.
Ressler, Amy, "A Program Evaluation of Immersive Devised Story Drama: Process and Impacts at a Summer Creativity Camp" (2020). Dissertations. 545.
Social emotional learning through drama is the focus of this work, as demonstrated at a creativity and role-play summer camp, where long-form, improvisational, immersive, story-based drama is devised.