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Drama in Early Childhood Education

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Drama is a subject in art, expression and communication, based on the art of theatre, pedagogic and knowledge in children dramatic play. Early Childhood Education in Norway has a strong tradition in using drama as part of the curriculum.
This course in drama aims to prepare the students for planning and carrying out dramatic activity in kindergarten (aged 1- 8 years). A main purpose in this course is student's participation in creative aesthetic processes. Through active participation the students will achieve practical knowledge about dramaturgy, and develop further their ability in communication, interaction and acting.

Learning outcome

By the end of the course the students have
  • Knowledge and understanding of an aesthetic learning process and potential in dramatic play.

By the end of the course the students have
  • acquired skills in adapting for and carry out storytelling and follow up activities to a target group.

General competence:
By the end of the course the students have
  • an understanding of drama as an aesthetic subject and how to plan for aesthetic experiences through drama for all children in kindergarten


  • Dramatic expression, improvisation. Through using body and voice the student is challenged in using fantasy and creativity.
  • Process-drama; special focus on the multicultural kindergarten.
  • The art of storytelling and adapt for follow- up activities using drama.
  • Theoretical reflection upon the connection between dramatic play, drama and the art of theatre.

Required prerequisite knowledge



Work on storytelling and written report
Weight Duration Marks Aid
Work on storytelling1/2 A - FAll.
Individual report1/2 A - FAll.
Final assessment consists of the work on storytelling (50 %) and the individual report with personal and theoretical reflection (50 %).
Each candidate is assessed on a scale from A-F, where A-E denotes pass and F denotes fail.
All classes are mandatory.
  • the candidate shall have carried out one session of storytelling to a target group (kindergarten or first grade in primary school).
  • an individual report with personal and theoretical reflection on the work that has been done and the challenges and possibilities as a future teacher. 2000 words (+/- 10%)

Coursework requirements

Compulsory attendance 80%
All classes are mandatory.

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher
Ine Larsen Måneby , Zahra Esmaeeli
Course coordinator
Hallgjerd Byrkjeland
Programme coordinator
Inger Marie Øglænd

Method of work

Dramatic competence can only be developed in interaction with others. The teaching will be held as lectures, demonstrations, play, seminars, tutoring and practical workshops.

Open to

Exchange Students at Faculty of Arts and Education

Course assessment

Student evaluation.


Fox Eades, Jennifer M. (2005): Classroom Tales: Using Storytelling to Build Emotional,
Social and Academic Skills across the Primary Curriculum. Jessica Kingsley Publishers. (chapter 1 and 2)

Available for online reading: http://site.ebrary.com/lib/hisbib/reader.action?docID=10141123

Neelands, J. & Goode, T. (2000) (second edition): Structuring Drama Works. A handbook of available forms in theatre and drama. Cambridge University Press. UK

This is the study programme for 2019/2020. It is subject to change.

Sist oppdatert: 02.06.2020