Date of Award
Master of Arts in Education
John V. Zard
This study was developed to solve recognized problems in reading, grammar and social attitudes.
As the study began, it was meant to involve as much variety &a possible to induce reasons for reading. When the enthusiasm for puppetry was noticed. in children, it was decided to place a major emphasis on creating a variety of puppets for the classroom.
Special people became involved, some members of St. Louis Puppetry Guild, Connie Borgmeyer and Mrs. Gilman, art supervisors, Virginia Terry, library science teacher, and parents who became interested along the way as the study progressed.
From prescribed reading stories, the class moved to their own creative attempts at writing and illustrating. Dramatization was enhanced by the puppets. Enthusiasm grew along with self-direction, initiative and required skills as students went from prescribed reading to creating their own stories and poetry.
Other results involved better attitudes toward reading attentively and for personal enjoyment. Social attitudes were certainly promoted toward school climate.
Through this study it was found that the use of puppets in a classroom provided a therapeutic tool of learning that should be utilized more by teachers. Sesame Street has proven the effectiveness of puppets as a valid means of teaching. 1he common denominator of puppets and puppeteering is that puppets are fun and they hold the children's attention while learning.
Bogener, Helen G., "Puppets, A Teaching Tool for Skill Development: One Teacher's Experience" (1979). Theses. 379.
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