Drama-in-Education for Critical Historical Thinkers: A Case Study in the Greek Context


  • Katerina Kosti University of Peloponnese
  • Theodora Papaioannou University of Thessaly




Drama in education, Critical thinking, Case study, History Teaching, Primary students, Primary school


The case study presented in this article refers to the connection of drama-in-education and critical thinking in history, in order to highlight the importance of drama for the teaching of history in primary schools in Greece. The research plan adopted is quantitative and qualitative, and the research strategy applied is that of case study. For the purposes of this study, four scenarios based on drama-in-education techniques were designed and applied on a sample of forty-three primary students. The analysis of the findings show that the students’ understanding of historical contexts and objectives of historically active subjects was encouraged by drama-based instruction.

Author Biographies

Katerina Kosti, University of Peloponnese

Katerina Kosti works as a Secondary Education Teacher. She graduated from the Faculty of Philosophy of Athens and obtained a postgraduate degree (MA) from the Postgraduate Program Museum Studies at Athens’ University. She earned her Ph.D. in the Department of Theater Studies of the University of Peloponnese with her Doctoral Thesis on the use of Drama in History Teaching. Her post-doctoral research at the Department of Theater Studies of the University of Peloponnese is about Reminiscence Drama and is entitled "Drama in the Third Age as a means of developing ‘Ego Integrity.’"

Theodora Papaioannou, University of Thessaly

Theodora Papaioannou works as a Primary Education Teacher. She has an MA from the Postgraduate Program Modern Learning Environments and Teaching Material Production of the Department of Primary Education of the University of Thessaly in Greece. She holds a Ph.D. in from the University of Thessaly with her Doctoral Thesis on the use of Dramatic Art in Literature Teaching. Her post-doctoral research at the Department of Early Childhood Education at University of Thessaly is entitled “The contribution of Drama in Education and Puppetry in the development of the intercultural competence of Primary Education students.”


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