Poet, playwright and translator Pavel Golia had been an significant author of performances and plays for kids. The main goal of this thesis was to introduce his life and his best known works, together with their appearance in schools. In particular, I was interested with response of students, which I got first hand during tuition in class and through assessment of their written works. Based on this, I was trying to determine the extent to which his work is present in curriculum and student literature.
In first chapter, I introduced in detail Golia`s life and work. Further on, I focused on history of development of youth drama, from its beginning until today. I introduced the basic terms, such as playwright, youth drama and youth literature and described all phases of school interpretation of those.
In practical part I studied drama »Jurček« (»Little George«) with pupils from fifth grade during class, after which we visited local library to further learn about Golia`s life and other notable works. In this thesis I also included preparation and assessment material for studies of Golia with pupils.
In my thesis, I would like to answer following questions
• whether Pavel Golia`s literature is present in national curriculum and in study literature,
• if teachers in local primary school discuss local author with pupils during their literature classes,
• how much students know about Pavel Golia,
• whether the topic of powerty 85 years ago, which was included in Golia`s play »Jurček«, still resonates among young readers of Golia`s works.
Empirical part of the thesis will be done by means of direct observation of students in fifth grade of Trebnje Primary School. Research will be done using descriptive method, with qualitative techniques of data collection (by mean of descriptions). Main tools used during this research will be students` notes, their photographs and their works, completed during classes.