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ERIC Number: EJ985461
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-1464-7893
"How Seeing Helps Doing, and Doing Allows to See More": The Process of Imitation in the Dance Class
Harbonnier-Topin, Nicole; Barbier, Jean-Marie
Research in Dance Education, v13 n3 p301-325 2012
Our field research in five contemporary dance technique classes, observing and describing the complexity and diversity involved in the traditional "demonstration-reproduction" pedagogical relationship, has led us to reconsider the role of modeling behaviour in the dance teaching context. We have also outlined recent neuroscientific findings concerning imitation processes, which tend to point to a biological basis for interactions based on movement observation. A theoretical framework drawing on concepts from the fields of Activity Analysis and Communication allowed us to develop an original methodology in order to observe, describe and analyse human interaction in the dance class. We have identified some of the constructive aspects, as well as the weaknesses, inherent to the conventional pedagogical configuration. The present research develops a number of analytical tools which may be applied to research in dance pedagogy and stimulates further reflection on teaching-learning activities in the dance context. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures and 20 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Montreal)