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Educ. Sci. 2019, 9(1), 22; https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci9010022

Promoting Mindfulness about the Environment through the Use of Drama in the Primary Classroom: Greek Teachers’ Views and Attitudes

Department of Home Economics and Ecology, Harokopio University, 17671 Athens, Greece
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Received: 2 December 2018 / Revised: 13 January 2019 / Accepted: 21 January 2019 / Published: 23 January 2019
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The present questionnaire-based study examines Greek teachers’ views and attitudes towards drama-based activities in primary education classrooms when conducting Environmental Education programs. More specifically, 330 teachers provided information about (i) how the development of drama-based activities in the classroom facilitates the effective attainment of Environmental Education objectives, (ii) the expected cognitive and socio-affective benefits for the students, and (iii) their suggestions for improvements when they assess the students’ professional performance during drama-based activities. The results of the study show that, when Environmental Education is based on drama activities, it has a significant impact on students. Teachers believe that it increases resourcefulness, generates deeper understanding, empathy, willingness to participate in social actions, sharing responsibility and commitment, as well as sensitivity. However, the research shows that teachers need to be well trained, sufficiently motivated, inspired, and supported if drama-based activities in Environmental Education are expected to have the abovementioned impact. View Full-Text
Keywords: drama; environmental education; primary education; Greek teachers drama; environmental education; primary education; Greek teachers
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Andrikopoulou, E.; Koutrouba, K. Promoting Mindfulness about the Environment through the Use of Drama in the Primary Classroom: Greek Teachers’ Views and Attitudes. Educ. Sci. 2019, 9, 22.

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