Drama in Early Childhood Education (EIS155)

Drama is a subject in art, expression and communication, based on the art of theatre, pedagogic and knowledge in children dramatic play. Early Childhood Education in Norway has a strong tradition in using drama as part of the curriculum.

This course in drama aims to prepare the students for planning and carrying out dramatic activity in kindergarten/preschool/first grade of primary school (aged 1- 8 years). A main purpose in this course is student’s participation in creative aesthetic processes. Through active participation the students will achieve practical knowledge about dramaturgy, and develop further their ability in communication, interaction and acting.

Course description for study year 2023-2024. Please note that changes may occur.


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  • Dramatic expression, improvisation. Through using body and voice the student is challenged in using fantasy and creativity.
  • Process-drama; special focus on the multicultural kindergarten/preschool.
  • The art of storytelling and adapt for follow-up activities using drama.
  • Theoretical reflection upon the connection between dramatic play, drama and the art of theatre.

Learning outcome

This module facilitates for the student to acquire following skills and knowledge:


  • Knowledge and understanding of an aesthetic learning process and potential in dramatic play.


  • Acquired skills in adapting for and carry out storytelling and follow up activities to a target group.

General competence

  • General competence related to an understanding of drama as an aesthetic subject and how to plan for aesthetic experiences through drama for all children in kindergarten/preschool. 

Required prerequisite knowledge



Work on storytelling and written report

Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Work on storytelling 1/2 Letter grades All
Individual report 1/2 Letter grades All

Examination consists of two assignments.
• Storytelling, 50 % of final assessment. The students are working on one story each, and will, as part of a group, present this story to a child audience.
• An individual report, 50% of final assessment, 2000 words. Personal and theoretical reflections related to experiences in this course and how these can affect the role as a future teacher.

Each assignment is assessed on a scale from A-F, where A-E denotes pass and F denotes fail.

Coursework requirements

All classes are mandatory

Course teacher(s)

Course teacher:

Hallgjerd Byrkjeland

Course coordinator:

Ine Larsen Måneby

Study Adviser:

Inger Marie Øglænd

Method of work

The teaching will be held as lectures, demonstrations, play, seminars, tutoring and practical workshops. Dramatic competence can only be developed in interaction with others, it is therefore expected that students get actively involved in all teaching activities.

Open for

Exchange Students at Faculty of Arts and Education

Course assessment

There must be an early dialogue between the course coordinator, the student representative and the students. The purpose is feedback from the students for changes and adjustments in the course for the current semester.In addition, a digital course evaluation must be carried out at least every three years. Its purpose is to gather the students experiences with the course.


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