Key Elements to Design a Dance Education Curriculum: An Opportunity for Youth Exposed to Community Violence

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Title: Key Elements to Design a Dance Education Curriculum: An Opportunity for Youth Exposed to Community Violence
Author: Sanjuan Melendez, Carmen del Rosario
Abstract: Youth exposed to community violence live in a world in which the probabilities of expressing their feelings with no violence are very low. This community presents a series of characteristics that affect negatively their lives, some of them are: financial needs, dysfunctional families, lack of attachment towards schools, constant exposure to violent situations, time invested in the streets, stereotyping and discrimination. Individuals and groups of people from a variety of spheres have been developing initiatives to help youth exposed to community violence to channel their feelings, to foster self-esteem and self-confidence. Some of these initiatives have been the result of utilizing dance and movement as a method to provide non-violent mechanisms of self-expression for these juveniles. This research is going to identify key elements to design a dance education curriculum, with the objective to incentivize youth exposed to community violence to explore creative and engaging methods to not only express themselves, but also to learn how to establish environments of dialogue and peace. Studying different concepts and theories of dance, this research delves into the concept of dance education and its positive impacts in youth, positioning dance within an educational realm. Having analyzed the effects of dance in youth, this research presents three key elements to take into consideration to design dance education curricula for youth exposed to community violence: Awareness towards Actions, Mutual Collaboration in the Teaching/Learning Dance Process and the Development of Integral Human Values.
Description: 130 p. Examining committee chair: Lori Hager
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1794/12218
Date: 2012-06


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