Dance as Inquiry: Critical Thinking in Dance Education

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Title: Dance as Inquiry: Critical Thinking in Dance Education
Author: Moffett, Ann Thomas, 1980-
Abstract: My research identifies critical thinking as an essential component of dance training for students of all ages and abilities, particularly students K-12. This project strategizes ways in which the studio dance teacher can create opportunities for critical thinking in the classroom and reveals ways in which learning dance can enhance critical thinking. Special consideration is placed on how critical thinking, as a skill, relates to the unique curiosities and objectives of the discipline. Within the qualitative and experiential research design, theoretical questions are proposed and practical pedagogical applications are developed. Insights from interviews with experts in the field of dance education are interwoven with practical applications from teaching two summer dance programs for distinct youth populations, a college-preparatory program for "talented and gifted" students and an open class for homeless youth living in ShelterCare housing communities.
Description: x, 78 p. A print copy of this thesis is available through the UO Libraries. Search the library catalog for the location and call number.
Date: 2010-06

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