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Identifying disparities in K-12 dance education in the state of Florida: the need for consistency in curricular choice and instructional design

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2014
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The purpose of this study was to identify disparities in the delivery of standards based dance education in the K-12 learning environment in the state of Florida and to give specific attention to curricular choices and instructional design. A mixed-methods approach was used and included a survey of K-12 dance educators in Florida as well as interviews with leaders in dance and arts education in the state. This inquiry identified common areas where curriculum choice and instructional design meet the barriers of time, space, place, learner population, expected educational outcomes, and teacher preparation. Each of these areas suggested specific limitations singularly, but when considered together, the effectiveness of K-12 dance programs appeared compromised by disparity and difficult to assess. By centralizing the focus of this inquiry on the realities of the learning environment in K-12 dance education in the state of Florida, the results of this study identified disparities in one state that may inform future research in the broader field of dance education. A set of Core Dance Education Values has been recommended as a guideline to better unify dance teaching goals in light of the research and in support of developing best practices for sustainable K-12 dance programming.
Title: Identifying disparities in K-12 dance education in the state of Florida: the need for consistency in curricular choice and instructional design.
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Name(s): Austin, Kathryn, author
Cameron, Mary, Thesis advisor
Florida Atlantic University, Degree grantor
Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Department of Anthropology
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Electronic Thesis Or Dissertation
Date Created: 2014
Date Issued: 2014
Publisher: Florida Atlantic University
Place of Publication: Boca Raton, Fla.
Physical Form: application/pdf
Extent: 265 p.
Language(s): English
Summary: The purpose of this study was to identify disparities in the delivery of standards based dance education in the K-12 learning environment in the state of Florida and to give specific attention to curricular choices and instructional design. A mixed-methods approach was used and included a survey of K-12 dance educators in Florida as well as interviews with leaders in dance and arts education in the state. This inquiry identified common areas where curriculum choice and instructional design meet the barriers of time, space, place, learner population, expected educational outcomes, and teacher preparation. Each of these areas suggested specific limitations singularly, but when considered together, the effectiveness of K-12 dance programs appeared compromised by disparity and difficult to assess. By centralizing the focus of this inquiry on the realities of the learning environment in K-12 dance education in the state of Florida, the results of this study identified disparities in one state that may inform future research in the broader field of dance education. A set of Core Dance Education Values has been recommended as a guideline to better unify dance teaching goals in light of the research and in support of developing best practices for sustainable K-12 dance programming.
Identifier: FA00004265 (IID)
Degree granted: Dissertation (Ph.D.)--Florida Atlantic University, 2014.
Collection: FAU Electronic Theses and Dissertations Collection
Note(s): Includes bibliography.
Subject(s): Dance -- Study and teaching
Dance for children
Dance in education
Movement education -- Curricula
Movement education -- Study and teaching
Physical education and training -- Curricula
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