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ERIC Number: ED103405
Record Type: RIE
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A Comparison of the Effects of Dance and Physical Education on the Self-Concept of Selected Disadvantaged Girls.
Puretz, Susan L.
Current research has indicated that one of the disadvantaged child's handicaps is a poor self-concept, which is generally reflected in an inability to adjust to the school's middle class setting and which results, in many cases, in educational disadvantage. In modern educational dance, the body is used both as a means of expression and as a projection of the self. A study was conducted on whether modern dance could be used to improve the self-concept of the disadvantaged child in a school setting. Seventy-five disadvantaged inner-city elementary school girls were exposed to modern educational dance as a substitute for the standard required physical education curriculum, to which a control group of 75 girls were exposed. The goals of the modern dance class were to develop a vocabulary of movement and the opportunity for creative, improvisational movement. The Lipsitt Self-Concept Scale for Children was administered as the pretest, at the conclusion of the experimental period four months later, and again 3 1/2 years later. Tables noting differences between the pre- and posttest scores and the experimental and control group scores are included. The data provided significant proof that modern educational dance positively influenced the child's self-concept. (JS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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