DANCE 261 - Dance Education Introduction
W F 1:25PM 3:45PM
Totman Phys. Ed. Bldg. rm 204
Dance in the schools: the Power of the Dancing Body
How does our body know? How does the dance discipline teach us about ourselves, the dancing body, the art of dance, and our own social, emotional, physical and intellectual knowing? And how do we bring this knowledge to a school setting? This course is a practical and theoretical overview of the history, philosophy, and developmental curriculum of dance in education in the United States. Broader educational learning theories, such as Multiple Intelligence theory and Understanding by Design, and the development and implementation of national standards in dance and dance-specific assessment tools will be covered. Students will learn to teach unit plans in dance discipline strands of performing, creating, and responding, to each other and with a local school community. This course will also help the student develop skills in curriculum development in theory and practice, for elementary and secondary education, and stay current in dance education and advocacy work around the globe. Special topics will be touched on such as working with learners with special needs, dance and social justice, perceptions of dance and dance education in terms of race, class and gender.