Dancing and Learning Natural Sciences (2016)

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  • Title: Dancing and Learning Natural Sciences (2016): Aesthetics, Embodied Knowledge, and Classroom Interaction
  • Author(s): Paul Moerman
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: The Learner
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning
  • Keywords: Dancing and Learning, Learning through the Arts, Aesthetics in Learning, Multimodal Learning, Literacies, Teaching and Learning Sciences, Pre-K to Primary Classrooms, Teacher Education
  • Volume: 23 (2016)
  • Issue: 3
  • ISSN: 2327-7971 (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-915X (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-7971/CGP/v23i03/15-32
  • Citation: Moerman, Paul. 2016. "Dancing and Learning Natural Sciences (2016): Aesthetics, Embodied Knowledge, and Classroom Interaction." The International Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Learning 23 (3): 15-32. doi:10.18848/2327-7971/CGP/v23i03/15-32.
  • Extent: 18 pages

Abstract

In this article a teaching and learning program in natural sciences is presented, starting from the aesthetic expression of dance as an agent in the search for knowledge and meaning. The program was originally conceived as a joyful, effective, and threshold-lowering teaching method aimed at learners apprehensive about the subject of science curriculum, including students in teacher training. It has been further developed as a mode of visualizing learners’ previous knowledge and conceptual understanding and as the base for further investigation in the field. The program’s overall object is to establish an effectual interactive space of learning where sensorimotor activity and speech, aesthetic literacy, and scientific literacy are enhanced and interplay gainfully. Lesson observation data are presented, indicating intensive classroom interaction on a range of levels crucial to learning, as well as increased learning goals achievement. Suggestions are made for further investigation of teaching and learning modalities in the intersection of pedagogy and the arts and aesthetic and science literacies.