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ERIC Number: ED523391
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 180
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: ISBN-978-1-4331-1265-2
Movement and Dance in Young Children's Lives: Crossing the Divide. Counterpoints: Studies in the Postmodern Theory of Education. Volume 407
Sansom, Adrienne N.
Peter Lang New York
In the pedagogical landscape of early childhood, physical movement is central to the holistic development of young children. Yet, movement-related experiences and other bodily activities such as play and dance often present contradictions and conundrums for early childhood educators. As a mode of learning, movement has endured a questionable existence despite the evidence of supportive research and theory, which provides sound reasons for the inclusion of movement in early years curricula. "Movement and Dance in Young Children's Lives" looks at the place of movement in young children's lives and addresses how movement as a form of expression can become dance, thus displacing a reliance on linguistic modes of expression and honoring the agency of the body. It also discusses a variety of concerns and confusions that accompany dance in education, and interprets what this means to students and teachers in teacher education programs and early childhood settings. Contained in this book are the following chapters: (1) Introduction; (2) The Development of Dance Education in New Zealand; (3) What Is Dance and Why Dance? (4) The Body in Education; (5) Movement and Dance in the Early Years; (6) Dance and Culture; (7) Dance as a Moving Experience; and (8) A Vision for Dance. A bibliography and index are also included.
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Publication Type: Books; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: New Zealand