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ERIC Number: EJ830081
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1464-7893
Collaborative Learning in the Dance Technique Class
Raman, Tanja
Research in Dance Education, v10 n1 p75-87 Mar 2009
This research was designed to enhance dance technique learning by promoting critical thinking amongst students studying on a degree programme at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff. Students were taught Cunningham-based dance technique using pair work together with the traditional demonstration/copying method. To evaluate the study, observations were recorded regularly in class during the 10-week research period and nine students were interviewed. The evaluation also included a peer observation by an experienced colleague and a video recording of each year group. It was found that pair work created a positive learning environment and instructions that promoted critical thinking and encouraged students to take more responsibility for their learning. It was noted that the process of comparing their knowledge of the movement combination with their peer's version enabled the students to learn the movement material more quickly and more accurately than when working individually. Pair work also seemed to enhance the students' movement quality and performance. It is, however, noted that the use of collaborative learning in the dance technique class requires further research and development. (Contains 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)