The role of creative drama in comprehending the legends environment related trainings: Kazdagi case study


World Conference on Educational Sciences, Nicosia, CYPRUS, 4 - 07 February 2009, vol.1, pp.1342-1347 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • Volume: 1
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.sbspro.2009.01.237
  • City: Nicosia
  • Country: CYPRUS
  • Page Numbers: pp.1342-1347
  • Çanakkale Onsekiz Mart University Affiliated: Yes


The aim of the activity which was implemented in the scope of a project supported by The Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (STRCT) is to create awareness in MA students in the fields of nature, archeology, history and culture; to help them approach the concepts related to the culture and environment in the region they live by using a scientific manner and to create diverse points of views and different ideas by helping the participants to present and develop their social and critical thinking skills by way of drama and interactions in regions which were named after legends. The purpose of this study is to examine the attitudes of the participants towards the legends in terms of environment and cultural values and to identify their views. With this aim in mind, 60 MA students who participated in Ecology Based Environmental Education that took place in 2008 Summer term in Kazdagi National Park and its immediate vicinity were asked to replay (via drama) the artistic expressions of tragic love stories such as Hasan Boguldu and Sarikiz legends of the Zeytinli vicinity of Edremit township in Balikesir. The participants were also asked to individually represent the different ideas and formations in their minds by using a visual high print technology (linoleum). The study used a data collection method which relied on the beliefs, opinions, experiences, perceptions and feelings. Since the Kazdaglari environment and cultural values were tried to be depicted in their natural atmosphere and formation, the study also carries qualitative characteristics. The data obtained by utilizing observation and interview techniques were categorized and studied in the directions of the subproblems in the study. The participants were informed about the legends of Hasan Boguldu and Sarikiz through watching movies, reading texts and listening to speeches. Some parts of the texts were interrupted in the middle and drama technique was used. By using drama via group activities the process was perpetuated and the students were asked to express any location from the text by image sketches. The sketches that were created were developed by corroboratively discussing the events in the legends. The designs that were improved by each participant according to his/her text provided them to see the legend in its entirety. The participants found the chance of approaching the legends through different perspectives, expressing the legends through drama and print techniques (linoleum), imagining, dreaming and applying their imagination by feeling the satisfaction of observing the concept of creating the whole together and expressing themselves. By comprehending the place and significance of print pictures in the historical process, the students created a product that can render their experiences permanent and at the same time they had the opportunity to learn about the Hasan Boguldu and Sarikiz legends by direct, hands-on experiences. The designs were presented both in a display and in the form of a booklet. (C) 2009 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved