ERIC Number: EJ1089990
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 39
Moving People and Minds: Dance as a Vehicle of Democratic Education
Catalano, Theresa; Leonard, Alison E.
Education, Citizenship and Social Justice, v11 n1 p63-84 Mar 2016
Engaging today's youth in civil discussions of contentious issues remains both a crucial element in democratically oriented education and extremely challenging to facilitate. The purpose of this article, which documents and presents pilot study findings from a dance workshop that engaged practicing teachers surrounding the issue of immigration, is to understand how dance can be integrated into the curriculum to prepare students to engage in democratic deliberation. Data collection consisted of pre- and post-workshop interviews with participants and was analyzed based on common principles of democracy and democratic education found in the literature. Findings point to the important role that dance could have in developing the trust, empathy, and reflectiveness necessary to engage in civil dialogue that is the essential foundation of a democratic society.
Descriptors: Democratic Values, Democracy, Interviews, Pretests Posttests, Workshops, Dance, Graduate Students, Elementary School Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Student Participation, Teaching Methods, Cultural Pluralism, Empathy, Teacher Attitudes, Social Bias, Social Justice
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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