The Whole Child: Exploring how Dance Fosters Emotional Intelligence and Holistic Learning

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Title The Whole Child: Exploring how Dance Fosters Emotional Intelligence and Holistic Learning
Creator Morgane Scheffer
Subject MACL
Description Lack of validation of students' emotions and of holistic approaches to learning is a common concern at schools leading to withdrawal from school and learning. An effective instrument to fill in this gap is the use of dance by engaging students' heads, hearts and bodies in classrooms. This study utilized qualitative research techniques to explore what happened during a 4th grade ArtsBridge residency at Woodrow Wilson Elementary in Salt Lake City, Utah. My research question was: How can a dance based curriculum foster emotional intelligence and holistic learning in Woodrow Wilson Elementary students. Four themes emerged from my observations: Community of Learners, Dance and Holistic Learning, Emotional Intelligence. My observations were focused on looking at the effect and impact of dance in elementary classrooms. My findings showed that children were more engaged, focused, and participated more when moving the body. They demonstrated self-awareness during dance activities and self-reflection circles. They seemed to retain information through the connection of body movement and verbal communication.
Publisher Westminster College
Date 2016-04
Type Text; Image
Language eng
Rights Management Digital copyright 2016, Westminster College. All rights Reserved.
Metadata Cataloger Claire Prasad
ARK ark:/87278/s6xh3097
Setname wc_ir
Date Created 2016-10-08
Date Modified 2016-10-20
ID 1094191
Reference URL https://collections.lib.utah.edu/ark:/87278/s6xh3097