Making movement, making meaning: dance in the primary school classroom

Torzillo, Miriam (2014) Making movement, making meaning: dance in the primary school classroom. The International Journal of Arts Education, 8 (4). pp. 1-14.

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There is much evidence from literature, including from brain research, of the value of collaborative dance making to cognition and to social–emotional learning. Dance making is a process, not just a product. Therefore, an appropriate methodology for studying dance will explore dance making as it happens. A multiple embedded case study exploring teacher and student experiences of dance in the primary classroom used multiple sources of data to understand the impact of teaching and learning in dance. Video data was reviewed to identify: student engagement with the movement tasks, such as the use of physically energetic, direct and sustained movement qualities; strategies and processes, e.g. repeating and elaborating on each other's movement suggestions and physical interactions between teachers and students. Results show that despite variations in teaching strategies and the relational contexts of classrooms, a commitment to the core principle of dance as a tool for meaning making, contributed to student engagement and deep learning.

Item ID: 44112
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2327-0306
Keywords: dance education, cognition, creativity, dance making
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 5 of the following PhD thesis: Torzillo, Miriam (2016) Dancing around the edges: dance in the primary school classroom. Professional Doctorate (Research) thesis, James Cook University, which is available Open Access in ResearchOnline@JCU. Please see the Related URLs for access.

Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2016 04:00
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 50%
13 EDUCATION > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 100%
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