ERIC Number: ED342726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Dance Education in American Public Schools. Case Studies.
Knowles, Patricia; Sande, Rona
The four case studies presented in this report represent results from a national survey by the National Arts Education Research Center to identify and select model schools with established curriculum-based K-12 dance education programs. The schools selected for the project were Fillmore Arts Center (Washington, D.C.), Buffalo Academy for the Visual and Performing Arts (Buffalo, New York), Duxberry Park Arts IMPACT School (Columbus, Ohio), and Jefferson High School for the Performing Arts (Portland, Oregon). The case studies include discussion of faculty, curriculum, program goals, and facilities and equipment. The schools which were observed shared several common characteristics: strong parental and community support; mutual respect among dance faculty and a unified program philosophy; frequent communication and a positive working atmosphere; a belief in integration within content areas and in interdisciplinary work; a curriculum that excites students; and administrative confidence and support. The appendices, which make up 75% of the document, include: a summary of a dance instructor's survey of 110 schools; a dance education inventory; guidelines, course outlines, and examinations at the Buffalo Academy for the Performing Arts; the Duxberry Park Arts IMPACT School philosophy and overview and the K-12 dance course of study in the Columbus public schools; and information about the Dance Career Seminar and Jefferson High School dancers 1986 repertoire. (IAH)
Descriptors: Case Studies, Curriculum, Dance Education, Demonstration Programs, Elementary Secondary Education, National Surveys, Program Descriptions, Public Schools
Council for Research in Music Education, School of Music, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 1114 West Nevada Street, Urbana, IL 61801 ($8.00).
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, DC.; Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Illinois Univ., Urbana. National Arts Education Research Center.
Note: IMPACT is an acronym for Interdisciplinary Model Program in the Arts for Children and Teachers.