Letting Your Child Watch Theater Can Help Improve Her Academic Performance!This study proves that theater can be more than just entertainment for kids.by Kate Borbon .
The UK-based ticketing provider Encore Tickets commissioned a study looking into how children and teenagers can benefit from experiencing live theater. Dr. Natasha Kirkham, a senior lecturer in psychology and researcher at the Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development at Birkbeck University in London, conducted the study.
Dr. Kirkham discovered that children and teens who are exposed to live theater are “more likely to develop the emotional and cognitive skills required to enable them to deal with a complicated world,” according to Encore.
Specifically, she found that kids as young as three years old can experience the following benefits:
- Improved academic performance: The academic performance of an average child can boost by up to 4% when drama is part of the school curriculum
- Improved social tolerance: Kids get a deeper understanding of content when watching live theater than similar content like movies, which leads to higher levels of social tolerance and a greater ability to ask questions
- Positive social change: Theater helps facilitate kids’ self-efficacy to promote positive social change and talk about difficult issues
Additionally, Dr. Kirkham found that children who watched live theater instead of a film had higher scores on tests about the content of the play, higher scores on measures of social tolerance, and higher scores on tests about social perspective.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOWCONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
“This research suggests an evident benefit of theatre attendance for children, across a range of developmental areas,” said Dr. Kirkham.
“Theatre can improve social bonding, allow for emotions to be explored in a safe space, develop the emotional and cognitive skills to deal with a complicated world, and kickstart conversations about important issues.”
Kieran Fox, head of consumer at Encore Tickets, also said, “This report confirms what we have always believed about the importance of live theatre for children’s development.
“We hope that more parents become aware of the many benefits of experiencing live theatre for their children and realize that there is more to live theatre that just a great day out with the kids.”ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
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