Showing what we can do: assessment of primary school dance

Torzillo, Miriam, and Sorin, Reesa (2016) Showing what we can do: assessment of primary school dance. International Journal of Assessment and Evaluation, 23 (4). pp. 29-42.

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Abstract

In Australia, dance is one subject in the National Arts Curriculum for early childhood and primary education. In many schools, dance is taught for the minimum time necessary to satisfy the system requirements of a summative grade that can be included in mid-year or yearly reports. A qualitative study of the nature of dance education in two primary schools; collected data from video, observation, and interviews with teachers; and focus group discussions with children showed evidence of holistic learning achieved through dance. In this article, data were researched to look for evidence of the meanings that teachers and children attach to assessment in the context of dance education. Following an examination of various definitions of assessment, this article examines the relationship between pedagogy and assessment in general and in relation to dance education. Pedagogy and assessment in dance education will be unpacked using a socio-kinaesthetic perspective and, drawing on literature and findings from this qualitative study, "re-packaged" to present an approach to assessing dance intended to be useful to generalist classroom teachers.

Item ID: 46142
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2327-8692
Keywords: dance education, assessment, assessment for learning
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A version of this publication was included as Chapter 8 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.

Author Reesa Sorin has arranged with Common Ground for the accepted versions of 15 of her articles to be available under open access for a once off fee. Email saved to Supp Docs folder.

Date Deposited: 25 Oct 2016 22:41
FoR Codes: 13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130303 Education Assessment and Evaluation @ 40%
13 EDUCATION > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130399 Specialist Studies in Education not elsewhere classified @ 60%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9399 Other Education and Training > 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified @ 40%
93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930201 Pedagogy @ 60%
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