Advisor

Minton, Sandra L.

Committee Member

O'Connell-Black, Christy

Department

Dance Education

Institution

University of Northern Colorado

Type of Resources

Text

Place of Publication

Greeley (Colo.)

Publisher

University of Northern Colorado

Date Created

12-2017

Genre

Thesis

Extent

92 pages

Digital Origin

Born digital

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to design movement and dance-integrated lessons that would complement a poetry unit in a fifth grade language arts class at a public charter school. This quantitative and qualitative study sought to discover how the use of creative movement and dance could improve students’ ability to communicate through writing, and revise their work, as well as assess how this approach to teaching would effect their ability to think critically. These integrated lessons aligned with Colorado State Core Standards and 21st Century skills, as dance integration promotes the use of creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration among students in their classroom. The findings share how the use of dance integration in the classroom may have a positive effect on student engagement and behavior. This research hopes to inform current and future educators of the potential benefits an integrated style of learning can have on students and how it might build their excitement about learning. It also advocates for the importance of having experienced dance educators in public schools that are able to assist classroom teachers with dance integration.

Degree type

MA

Degree Name

Master

Local Identifiers

HochThesis2017

Rights Statement

Copyright is held by the author.

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