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"You can try sound brainy": The use of process drama to engage Pasifika boys

Claire Coleman

This study explored whether using process drama to teach social studies would engage Year 10 Pasifika boys at a secondary school in Auckland. The author describes how, while in role, students used their existing knowledge and experiences to explore and develop new knowledge, and how process drama addressed the goals of The New Zealand Curriculum through an integrated inquiry approach. The results show that the students' low expectations of themselves were raised when they participated in role.

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