Advisor

Minton, Sandra Cerny, 1943-

Committee Member

O'Connell-Black, Christy A.

Department

Dance Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-2016

Genre

Thesis

Extent

98 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of dance involvement on high school students’ behaviors. This quantitative and qualitative study was designed to answer the three essential questions and to determine the connection if any between involvement in dance class, and changes in students’ character traits and behaviors. The research instruments were a student character trait survey, student interviews, and observation forms. The study is based from the seven character traits listed in Paul Tough’s book, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character and from the Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP). The seven character traits are grit, curiosity, self-control, zest, gratitude, social intelligence, and optimism. One goal of the study was to make or help students become aware of the seven character traits and begin implementing them in their daily lives. Character education is important in schools because sometimes success is not defined by the highest grade in the class. Tough argues that the qualities that make people successful have more to do with character than with scoring the highest on tests. If students have a hard time in school, they can still become successful if they possess the seven character traits. If they are hardworking and determined, anything is possible.

Degree type

MA

Degree Name

Master

Language

English

Local Identifiers

HoggarthThesis2016

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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