Author Credentials

Sister M. Florence De Pinto, O.S.B.

Date of Award


Document Type

Research Paper

Superseded Degree Name

Master of Arts in Education (Education of Mentally Handicapped)

Colleges & School

Cardinal Stritch College

Degree Granted By

Cardinal Stritch College

First Advisor

Sister Sheila Haskett, O.S.F.

Library of Congress Subject Heading

Children with mental disabilities--Education; Drama in education; Music in education


It is believed that music and drama woven into a created script may be an effective tool in assisting the mentally retarded child in his emotional growth and development. It is also believed that music and drama may have some educational values which as yet are untapped. In considering these values the writer sought to explore the following questions. 1. Does the use of a created script in which the lines and music have been prepared for the children encourage spontaneity? 2. It appears that Educable Mentally Retarded children have difficulty with language, especially verbalization. Can music and drama assist these children in overcoming this particular language difficulty? 3. Because of their difficulty in the academic sphere, Educable Mentally Retarded children tend to have a lower self- concept. Does being included in a dramatic production tend to raise this self-concept? 4. Cooperation among groups of people is necessary for good socialization. Did the children cooperate among themselves in order to perform the dramatic production? 5. Self-discipline is required in order to perform a dramatic production. Schedules must be maintained, rehearsals diligently carried out, and timing must be correct. Was this self-discipline seen by the children as a necessary endeavor in order to build the dramatic production, or did they become bored or resentful because or the work? 6. Did the teachers of the children involved in the dramatic production reel that there were some educational values to be derived from such a project?


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