ERIC Number: ED478049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2001-Feb
Dance: Enhancing Multicultural Studies of Various Minority Groups.
Cochran, Diane Wawrejko
This paper focuses on the use of dance as an ethnological tool to introduce various cultures in a style that is informative, exciting, and memorable. The kinesthetic aspect reinforces learning outcomes and also relies on the visual and audio components for learning objectives. Practical application is introduced and learning through the kinesthetic sense is discussed. Use of visual aids reinforces the material, and lectures based on history, culture, and dance, and sometimes other art forms are presented in an easy-to-follow format. The experience culminates in a game-playing activity that assesses student comprehension while reinforcing learning objectives. For example, in the public schools throughout Chicago's (Illinois) inner city, the author/educator successfully used African-Caribbean-Brazilian dance in classrooms that impacted thousands of at-risk minority children during the 1990s. A brief history of the African presence in this country was discussed, several pictures were shown of life in some African villages, and a dance was taught that combined their roots into the present culture. Stories from African cultures were told, and the particular musical form was played. Students and teachers took great pride in the ownership of these dances which transcend culture to culture. Often, these dances were tied into the social studies curriculum or as an enhancement. Frequently, these experiences culminated in a performance for the entire school and/or the community, which fostered self-pride in accomplishment. (Author/BT)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: The National Association of African American Studies, National Association of Hispanic & Latino Studies, National Association of Native American Studies, and International Association of Asian Studies 2001 Monograph Series. Proceedings (Houston, TX, February 12-17, 2001).