General information

Course type AMUPIE
Module title Theatrical Forms in Preschool and Early Childhood Education
Language English
Module lecturer PhD Michalina Kasprzak
Lecturer's email
Lecturer position
Faculty Faculty of Educational Studies
Semester 2023/2024 (winter)
Duration 30
USOS code 11-TF-11-a


Monday, 8.00-11.15

Address: Szamarzewskiego 89 Street, Building E, classroom C.

Classes start on 9 October 2023. The detailed timetable will be presented in 1st class.

If you have any problems with registering for classes, please email me: 


Module aim (aims)

Pre-requisites in terms of knowledge, skills and social competences (where relevant)


  1. Introduction. Discussion and group integrity.
  2. Education for children - basic knowledge and definitions; basic techniques and methods of theatrical forms for children.
  3. Teacher’s role in theatrical and educational process of children.
  4. Child as an actor and a spectator. Introduction to educational goals in kindergarten and school theatrical activities.
  5. Theatre workshop in groups – theatre games for children with the use of voice, singing, music, dance and plastic forms.
  6. Introduction to the preparation of a theatrical script and theatrical classes for children.
  7. Theatrical mask and puppets – types and forms of work with children – presentation and activities.
  8. Creating a theatrical mask by students. Student presentations and activities.
  9.  Creating a theatrical puppet by students. Student presentations and activities.
  10.  Therapeutic-theatrical forms – introduction and activities.  
  11. Presenting the Theatres for Children in Poznan (teacher) and in different countries (students) – work in groups.
  12. Creating a plan of theatrical script and plan of theatrical classes for children – work in groups. Discussion.
  13. Work in groups with a theatrical script and plan of theatrical classes for children. Discussion and evaluation.
  14. Presentation of own theatrical performances or theatrical classes for children. Discussion.
  15. Presentation of own theatrical performances or theatrical classes for children. Discussion. Evaluation, summary and reflection.

Reading list

  1. Clipson-Boyles S., Teaching Primary English through Drama: A Practical and Creative Approach, 2 edition, Routledge, Milton Park, Abington, Oxon 2012.
  2. Griffiths F., Supporting Children’s Creativity through Music, Dance, Drama and Art, Routledge, London and New York, 2010.
  3. Jackson T. ed., Learning through Theatre – New Perspectives on Theatre in Education, Routledge, London and New York, 2002.
  4. Osewska E. ed., Education and Creativity, Cardial Stefan Wyszynski University Press in Warsaw, 2014.
  5. Leigh L., Gersch I., Dix A., Haythorne D. ed., Dramatherapy with Children, Young People, and Schools: Enabling Creativity, Sociability, Communication and Learning, Routledge, London and New York, 2012.
  6. Phillips S., Drama with Children, Oxford University Press, 5 edition, New York 2003.
  7. Prentki T., Pammenter D., Living beyond our means, meaning beyond our lives: Theatre as education for change, Theatre Research, Vol. 2, No. 1, 2014.
  8. Rooyackers P., Bowman C., 101 Drama Games for Children: Fun and Learning with Acting and Make-Believe, Hunter House Inc., Alameda 1997.
  9. Schonmann S., Theatre as a Medium for Children and Young People. Images and Observations, Landscapes: The Arts, Aesthetics and Education, Volume 4, 2006.
  10. Sherratt D., Peter M., Developing Play and Drama in Children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders, David Fulton Publishers, New York 2006.