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ERIC Number: EJ1200662
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1464-7893
Creating a Cultural Dance Community of Practice: Building Authentic Latin American Dance Experiences
Pedro, Rachel; Stevens, Kym; Scheu, Courtney
Research in Dance Education, v19 n3 p199-215 2018
Cultural competency training is considered crucial for sensitively and appropriately approaching interactions with cultures other than our own, reducing the effects of privilege and power. This paper explores the rationales behind changes made to a tertiary dance unit, Latin Dance Party, as a part of an undergraduate dance degree. The project investigates learning dance through authentic cultural contexts and the part played by these contexts in creating learning communities that empower students to explore and understand the world around them in a global milieu. Through a range of reflective research tools, including student questionnaires, field notes, and a teacher self-reflective journal, the project explored a range of teaching approaches to authentic cultural learning. Recommendations based on this exploration include the future development of culturally inclusive pedagogies, development of supporting resources, and sustainable approaches to transforming tertiary cultural dance teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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