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THE EFFECTS OF ACTIVITIES BASED ON DRAMA ON EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS’ ACHIEVEMENT AND RETENTİON LEVEL TOWARDS CELL DİVİSİON
This study intented to investigate the effects of activities based on drama on seventh grade students’ achievement, attitudes and retention (remembering) levels of the students during the course of cell division. The study was conducted in 8th grades of 100.Yıl Yatılı Bölge primary school, in country of Susuz, Kars in spring term of 2006-2007 academic year. Experimental design with experimental and control group model was applied in this research. In total, 50 students from the experimental group (N=25) and control group (N=25) participated to the study. In this study, Science Achievement Test was developed to evaluate students’ achievement on cell division topics and drama activities about cell division were prepared. In addition, Science Attitude Scale was administered to explore students’ attitude towards Science topics, and to check the effects of drama method whether topics are acquired remembering or not As data of study taken into account, a great deal differences between experiment and control group are clearly seen. However,compared with curriculum methods dramatization has no permanent effect. This result is clearly seen at the end of this study. Moreover, drama method at the steps of knowledge, synthesis, practice, analysis, comprehension, and evaluation result in high success within experiment group. However, for permanency knowledge, synthesis and comprehension steps have a little positive effect. Yet at the other steps did not have noteworthy effect. As a result of this study, it is emphasized that in science lesson drama method can be used easily within appropriate subjects.

Keywords
Drama method, drama in science lesson, retention, cell division


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