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ERIC Number: ED555822
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 326
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3034-8208-3
Examining Attitudes, Enjoyment, Flow, and Physical Activity Levels in Pre-Service Teachers Utilizing the BLISS Model Compared to Traditional Dance Instruction
Davis, Christa Ann
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Idaho
This dissertation describes two studies, based on data collection within a pre-existing collegiate course for pre-service teachers in a children's dance setting at a northwest public university. The overall purpose of these experimental studies was to compare traditional movement/dance with the influence of a relevance-based instructional model, aimed at positively influencing pre-service teachers' (PST) attitudes about the utilization and the manner of use of dance in future classroom settings. Study #1 provided a quantitative analysis of PST perceptions recorded as a pre-test, and two post-tests; one following the BLISS model [Believe, Listen, Imagine, Solidify, and Share] and another represented the Traditional model; as well as physical activity, Flow, and enjoyment levels; recorded following each class period. Study #2 provided a qualitative analysis within the same population as Study #1, with a sub-set of participants. The intent of study #2 was to explore at a deeper level PST perception changes over the course of the semester, on teacher enjoyment and the importance, barriers and tools necessary to increase personal enjoyment while including M/D instruction in teachers' future classroom settings. The results of Study #1 suggested the BLISS model of instruction provided a higher level of physical activity, while also increasing overall Flow levels in PSTs. Foundational enjoyment change was not statistically significant. Study #2 revealed positive PST perception changes including: a decrease in perceived barriers to enjoyment and inclusion of M/D, an increased awareness of tools available to increase personal enjoyment, a broader definition of dance and an increased to willingness to utilize M/D in the future. Perceptions of the potential benefits for student characteristic development remained relatively unchanged. This is understandable as levels in this category were comparatively high in the pre-test. Study #2 findings demonstrated strong support for future use of BLISS as an effective model of instruction for children's M/D. Findings also revealed: a fresh excitement and vision for PST use and integration of other subject content with M/D, increased awareness of the importance and impact of teacher enjoyment on students, and how to use M/D as a tool of enjoyment, Flow, physical activity and expanded integration of content. [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: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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