Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Educating Our Dance School Educators: A Proposal of Certification for Dance School Teachers
by Cummins, Alexandra Brooke, M.F.A., Mills College, 2014, 24; 1557463
Abstract (Summary)

Educating our Dance School Educators examines the relevance of certification for private dance school teachers. I offer a personal history as evidence for the need of certification in dance schools. I also provide a desired outline of the certification, which encompasses the mission statement and requirements for the candidates. The question of what it means to be certified is addressed by using the National Dance Education Organization as defining support. To argue for certification I draw support from dance editors and professors as well as the National Dance Education Standards. I use an example of a certification outline from the Connecticut school district and deconstruct why the outline is insufficient for my ideal standards. I do not have a target age group desired when talking about the students because this subject is relevant for students of all levels and ages. I use support from pedagogical research to explain the human developmental process for all ages specifically concerning the effects this process has on their learning curve. I also use critical pedagogy to explain the importance of pedagogical knowledge versus content knowledge. I conclude with a summary of my findings in support of certification for dance school teachers to ensure a quality education for all students whether pursuing it as a recreational activity or as a career.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Smith, Sheldon, Murphy, Ann
Commitee: Murphy, Ann
School: Mills College
Department: Dance
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Dance, Pedagogy, Performing Arts
Keywords: Certification, Codified technique, Dance, Pedagogy, School, Studio
Publication Number: 1557463
ISBN: 9781303948893
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