An Exploratory Study: The Intersection of Imagery Ability, Imagery Use, and Learning Style
Bolles, Gina, 1981-
This study explores the intersection of the individual's imagery ability, imagery use in dance training and performance, and learning style. Thirty-four intermediate-level ballet and modem dance students at the University of Oregon completed the Movement Imagery Questionnaire-Revised (MIQ-R) and Kolb's Learning Style Inventory-3 (LSI-3). The four highest imagers and the four lowest imagers participated in interviews. Thirty of 34 subjects averaged MIQ-R scores indicating relative ease when imaging. On the LSI-3, 27 subjects reported a preference for "feeling" over ''thinking'' when gathering information for learning. Data revealed differences between perceived imagery ability and ability as determined by the MIQ-R for both high and low imagers. High imagers also recalled early exposure to imagery in dance while the low imagers did not. The research suggests that imagery may be a good pedagogic tactic for reaching "feeling" dance learners. This thesis includes my co-authored materials.