ERIC Number: ED372052
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Idaho Dance Project. Creative Movement/Dance: A Model Program for Idaho K-6 Elementary Teachers 1990-1993.
This report outlines and evaluates the Idaho Dance Project, a series of creative movement workshops designed for elementary school classroom teachers, physical education teachers, and music specialists. For three years, the workshops, conducted at various sites throughout the state, provided an introductory course for teachers who had little or no experience in movement education. The program focused on the broad-based instruction of creative movement, the hands-on movement skills necessary for lesson plan execution, a movement vocabulary, problem solving techniques, activities for integration of movement into the curriculum, lesson planning, folk dances, appropriate age activities, and relaxation and stress techniques. Surveys were sent to all participants to evaluate the worth of the Idaho Dance Project. Evaluations indicated that: the workshop met or exceeded the expectations of 88 percent of participants; material covered was a good overview and most subject areas were covered satisfactorily; 90 percent of participants incorporated creative movement into their classrooms at least intermittently; the majority tried material on students immediately following the workshop; about half the teachers passed information on to other teachers; and the majority felt creative movement/dance should be part of the classroom curriculum. Survey results/evaluation and recommendations for future dance projects for Idaho are included. (LL)
Descriptors: Classroom Techniques, Dance, Elementary Education, Elementary School Teachers, Inservice Teacher Education, Integrated Curriculum, Introductory Courses, Learning Activities, Lesson Plans, Movement Education, Music Teachers, Physical Education Teachers, Program Design, Program Evaluation, Workshops
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Idaho State Dept. of Education, Boise.