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ERIC Number: ED545814
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 257
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-2674-9179-4
Moving the School and Dancing Education: Case Study Research of K-5 Students' Experiences in a Dance Residency
Leonard, Alison E.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, The University of Wisconsin - Madison
This dissertation chronicles the qualitative case study of a dance artist-in-residence at a diverse and inclusive K-5 school in an urban district, integrating science, social studies, physical education, music, and visual arts school curriculum and culminating in two public performances. This study focused on how students made meaning through this dance experience and what this tells us about knowledge, dance, movement, and the body in schools and how this can help us improve education through using dance and movement. Using Joan Scott's (1991; 1993) notion of experience as fundamentally historical and theoretical as my theoretical framework for exploring the notion of experience, I examined student experiences, collecting data throughout the residency and post-residency in multiple forms: observations, interviews, photographic and video footage, student work in archival and performative forms, residency artifacts, and curricular materials. One of the most significant findings of this study was the disruption of the school caused by the dance residency. I found that there were five categories of interactions and relationships that caused and affected this disruption and subsequently lead to the success of the whole-school dance residency as a positive and complex school intervention: (1) Assumptions; (2) Disjunctures; (3) Challenges; (4) Introductions; and (5) Expressions/Representations. In my analysis chapters, I discuss these interactions and relationships within the context of the residency. Based upon them, I make recommendations for future arts and dance intervention programs and for using the arts as a form of assessment of students' complex thinking and abilities to express and represent knowledge. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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