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Stokrocki, Mary L.; Flatt, Barbara; York, Emily – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2010
Using participant observation, we describe/interpret the results of teaching a constructivist unit that empowered students in narrative writing and illustration. Participant observation methods included daily note taking, pre-post questioning, and photographing artworks. We analyzed students' stories and illustrations with borrowed and emerging…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Constructivism (Learning), Participant Observation, Writing (Composition)
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Parrish, Mila – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2009
This article reports the findings of a study exploring the effects of using videoconferencing (VC) to deliver dance instruction to rural communities. The context of the study is a university community partnership run through blended live and VC instruction with elementary and middle school students in Eloy, Arizona. This research is part of a…
Descriptors: Dance Education, Videoconferencing, Distance Education, Rural Areas
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Stokrocki, Mary L.; Delahunt, Michael – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2008
Ecological teaching models and evidence of success in public schools may be lacking. We created a constructivist ecological model using the animé Nausicaa with fourth graders in a Scottsdale, Arizona school. The animé involves the epic adventure, good and evil battle to affect the future of the human race. We documented results using…
Descriptors: Elementary School Students, Grade 4, Ecology, Environmental Education
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Parrish, Mila – Journal for Learning through the Arts, 2007
In recent years, Problem Based Learning (PBL) has been applied in medical and psychological areas of professional education. The PBL approach requires students to move past traditional choreographic methods toward making dances informed by real-world issues. In PBL, students work cooperatively to solve complex problems. Rather than being presented…
Descriptors: Problem Based Learning, Dance, Dance Education, Critical Thinking