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ERIC Number: EJ1118617
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1464-7893
"Dance Makes Me Happy": Experiences of Children with Disabilities in Elementary School Dance Education
Zitomer, Michelle R.
Research in Dance Education, v17 n3 p218-234 2016
This study explored the perspectives of elementary school children with disabilities in inclusive dance education classrooms in two large school districts in Western Canada. A qualitative interpretivist approach facilitated understanding of the experiences of eight children with different disabilities between the ages 6 and 10 who participated in dance in general education classrooms. Two one-on-one semi-structured interviews, children's art work, class observations, and researcher field notes facilitated gaining access to the children's experiences. Data were interpreted through a relational ethics conceptual framework. Data analysis followed the procedures of interpretive thematic analysis. Interview and observation data revealed three themes: (a) peer acceptance, (b) bodily learning, and (c) engaged support continuum. Relationships with teachers, educational assistants, and classmates created a dance education environment that enabled these children to participate alongside their classmates, experience joy and success, and gain a sense of belonging.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Canada
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