Dancing Toward Each Other

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  • Title: Dancing Toward Each Other: Dance in the Primary School Classroom
  • Author(s): Miriam Torzillo, Reesa Sorin
  • Publisher: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Collection: Common Ground Research Networks
  • Series: Interdisciplinary Social Sciences
  • Journal Title: The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies
  • Keywords: Dance Education, Pedagogy, Collaboration, Creativity
  • Volume: 13
  • Issue: 2
  • Year: 2018
  • ISSN: 2327-011X (Print)
  • ISSN: 2327-2570 (Online)
  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.18848/2327-011X/CGP/v13i02/31-48
  • Citation: Torzillo, Miriam, and Reesa Sorin. 2018. "Dancing Toward Each Other: Dance in the Primary School Classroom." The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Educational Studies 13 (2): 31-48. doi:10.18848/2327-011X/CGP/v13i02/31-48.
  • Extent: 18 pages

Abstract

In Australia, dance and the arts in general are under threat from the pressure of high-stakes testing and a focus on literacy and numeracy. Many schools and school districts are mandating prescriptive models of teacher-directed pedagogy and putting emphasis on digital technologies. In this context, dance education could provide an alternative space for learning. Creative dance is based on collaborative, physical, and creative problem-solving. It is an opportunity for children to learn together, unmediated by digital tools or the teacher’s direction. A multiple embedded case study exploring teacher and student experiences of dance in the primary classroom used diverse sources of data to build a picture of the impact of teaching and learning in dance. The paradox of increasing digital connectivity between citizens is that it increases physical distance and understanding. Dance could have a role to play in bridging that gap.