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ERIC Number: EJ1061292
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Jun
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 107
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3532
The Role of Social Support in Dance Talent Development
Chua, Joey
Journal for the Education of the Gifted, v38 n2 p169-195 Jun 2015
This multiple case study aims to answer the main research question, "How well are exceptionally talented Finnish and Singaporean dance students supported by significant individuals at different phases of the students' development?" The exceptionally talented students aged 16 to 22 were enrolled in their national dance institutions--the Finnish National Opera Ballet School and the Singapore Dance Theatre. Perspectives of social support were elicited from 13 participants--dance students (n = 4), teachers (n = 6), parents (n = 2), and one sibling. Data were documents, letters, interviews, and observation field notes collected over 2 years. The themes that emerged from the deductive and inductive analysis--being there, sharing, and knowing--illustrated the types of support from families, peers, and teachers that contributed to the students' development. While making cross-cultural comparisons, reflections about mindset, self-efficacy, and pedagogical practices are also discussed. A conclusion offers educational implications and directions for future research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland; Singapore