ERIC Number: ED032936
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Jun
Reference Count: 0
Development of A Dance Curriculum for Young Children. CAREL Arts and Humanities Curriculum Development Program for Young Children.
Dimondstein, Geraldine; Prevots, Naima
The long-range objective of the Central Atlantic Regional Educational Laboratory (CAREL) dance program was to develop children's ability to solve problems in movement terms and to express emotional involvement and creative ideas through dance. Workshops were conducted for 15 non-specialist teachers to explore the concepts of space, time, and force, and to incorporate these concepts into a dance curriculum. Prototype lessons were developed for 3- to 8-year-olds. Classroom activities focused on solving problems through movement; discovering the concepts of space (shapes, sizes, and relationships); time (both clock and calendar intervals); and force (weight, gravity, energies in motion, and relationships between objects in space). Evaluations consisted of teacher and classroom observations. These evaluations indicated positive outcomes of behavioral objectives. Recommendations were made for the improvement of teacher selection and preparation and development of a process-model curriculum. (DR)
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Creative Expression, Curriculum Development, Dance, Kindergarten, Models, Motion, Preschool Education, Primary Education, Problem Solving, Program Descriptions, Program Evaluation, Skill Development, Space Orientation, Teacher Education, Teacher Selection, Time Factors (Learning)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC. Bureau of Research.
Authoring Institution: Central Atlantic Regional Educational Lab., Washington, DC.