ERIC Number: ED198947
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The History of Early Childhood Education, Creative Movement and Dance: The Past Speaks to the Future.
Chapman, Sarah A.
An historical review reveals that dance in education has gained increasing recognition and credibility throughout America during the past 60 years. Introduced as a small part of the physical education activity program during the 1920s and 1930s, it has expanded and matured to become an essential component of many early childhood and elementary education programs. Its emergence as an integral part of a child's educational experience is a recent phenomenon, but the foundation for its introduction began with the work of Gertrude Colby and Bird Larson in the early 1920s. Historical factors and trends have placed dance education in a dynamic, ever- changing position, often resulting in confusion and uncertainty about its role in the cognitive, physical, and emotional development of the child. The decades of the 1960s and 1970s, however, have reflected continued growth, expansion, and clarification related to dance and the child. The decade of the 1980s once again pauses on the threshold of new frontiers. Understanding the role of early dance education will offer a significant contribution to the 1980s in the form of a humanistic, creative, and revitalized expansion of the movement world for the young child. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (San Francisco, CA, November 21-24, 1980).