Dancing toward each other: dance in the primary school classroom

Torzillo, Miriam, and Sorin, Reesa (2018) Dancing toward each other: dance in the primary school classroom. International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies, 13 (2). pp. 31-48.

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Abstract

In Australia, dance and the arts in general are under threat from the pressure of high-stakes testing and a focus on literacy and numeracy. Many schools and school districts are mandating prescriptive models of teacher-directed pedagogy and putting emphasis on digital technologies. In this context, dance education could provide an alternative space for learning. Creative dance is based on collaborative, physical, and creative problem-solving. It is an opportunity for children to learn together, unmediated by digital tools or the teacher’s direction. A multiple embedded case study exploring teacher and student experiences of dance in the primary classroom used diverse sources of data to build a picture of the impact of teaching and learning in dance. The paradox of increasing digital connectivity between citizens is that it increases physical distance and understanding. Dance could have a role to play in bridging that gap.

Item ID: 54707
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2327-2570
Keywords: Dance Education
Copyright Information: Copyright © 2018, Common Ground Research Networks
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2021 05:42
FoR Codes: 39 EDUCATION > 3901 Curriculum and pedagogy > 390101 Creative arts, media and communication curriculum and pedagogy @ 100%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930102 Learner and Learning Processes @ 100%
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