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Dance Teaching Methods and Curriculum Design


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PrefaceAcknowledgmentsPart I: Dance Pedagogy: What You Need to Know About Teaching and Learning DanceChapter 1. Envisioning Dance EducationDefining Dance and Dance EducationDistinguishing Between Dancers and Dance EducatorsRelating National Standards for Dance to Dance EducationUnderstanding the Teaching and Learning Process Model in DanceSummaryReferences It's Your Turn Chapter 2. Teaching Dance and Cross-Disciplinary KnowledgeIdentifying the Seven Cross-Disciplinary Categories of Dance KnowledgeDance Content for the TeacherSupportive Knowledge and Other KnowledgePhysiological Training and ConditioningTechnique and ChoreographyApplying Education Theories in the Dance ClassSummaryReferencesIt's Your Turn Chapter 3. Observing and Analyzing the Teaching and Learning SituationUnderstanding Observation Techniques in the Dance ClassDeveloping Observation SkillsSummaryReferencesIt's Your Turn Chapter 4. Guiding Students in Learning DanceUnderstanding How Students Learn MovementConstructing the Dance ClassSummaryReferences It's Your Turn Chapter 5. Understanding Dance Teaching MethodsChoosing a Presentational MethodTeaching Strategies in the Dance ClassroomTeaching Methods for Specific Dance FormsUnderstanding Music and Accompaniment in the Dance ClassSummaryReferencesIt's Your Turn Chapter 6. Organizing and Managing the Dance ClassCreating a Positive Learning AtmosphereManaging the Dance ClassroomDealing With Student Behaviors in the Dance ClassroomDeveloping a Philosophy of Teaching DanceSummaryReferencesIt's Your Turn Chapter 7. Analyzing the Learner and the Learning EnvironmentUnderstanding The LearnerDeveloping Psychosocial Behaviors in the Dance ClassUnderstanding Dance and the Dance Teacher in Public EducationCharacterizing the CommunityIdentifying Values in the CommunitySummaryReferencesIt's Your Turn Chapter 8. Categorizing Dance Forms and Their Artistic DemandsGathering Content Information to Teach DanceIdentifying Characteristics of Dance FormsUnderstanding the Format of the Dance ClassDance and Other DisciplinesUtilizing Principles of the Dance Form Teaching Artistic DevelopmentSummaryReferencesIt's Your Turn Part II: Implementing Dance Pedagogy: What You Need to Do to Create a Dance CurriculumChapter 9. Developing the Lesson PlanSetting Up Effective Dance Learning ExperiencesDescribing the Lesson PlanRelating Objectives to a Learning TaxonomySummaryReferencesIt's Your TurnChapter 10. Selecting the Appropriate Assessment Tools for DanceUsing Assessment Techniques in Dance ClassGrading Students' WorkSummaryReferencesIt's Your TurnChapter 11. Writing and Delivering the Lesson PlanWriting the Lesson PlanTeaching the LessonExploring Other OptionsSummaryIt's Your TurnChapter 12. Creating a CurriculumDesigning the Dance Program CurriculumSurveying Four Options for Dance Curriculum ModelsDeveloping the Components of a Dance CurriculumWriting a Dance CurriculumDeveloping and Evaluating Dance Curriculum and ProgramsSummaryReferencesIt's Your TurnChapter 13. Sample Units for Dance FormsOverview of Dance FormsTeaching OverviewContent OverviewCreative Movement and Creative Dance UnitTeaching OverviewContent OverviewReferencesSelected ResourcesFolk Dance UnitTeaching OverviewContent OverviewReferencesSelected ResourcesSquare Dance UnitTeaching OverviewContent OverviewReferencesSelected ResourcesContra Dance UnitTeaching OverviewContent OverviewReferencesSelected ResourcesSocial Dance UnitTeaching OverviewContent OverviewReferencesSelected ResourcesBallet Dance UnitTeaching OverviewContent OverviewReferencesSelected ResourcesModern Dance UnitTeaching OverviewContent OverviewReferencesSelected ResourcesJazz Dance UnitTeaching OverviewContent OverviewSelected ResourcesTap Dance UnitTeaching OverviewContent OverviewSelected ResourcesAerobic Dance UnitTeaching OverviewContent OverviewSelected ResourcesChapter 14. Culminating Curriculum Portfolio Depicting the Teaching EnvironmentDescribing the LearnerSelecting Dance Content for Each Unit PlanDevising Learning Experiences for the Dance FormWriting the Lesson PlansEpilogueAppendixIndex About the Authors

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Gayle Kassing and Danielle M. Jay have taught dance technique and pedagogy, dance methods, and curriculum design in dance teacher education preparation programs in both physical education and fine arts departments for more than 25 years. Many of their former students are now professionals in K-12 dance education programs. Drs. Kassing and Jay have helped write state curriculum guidelines and dance teacher certification tests and have presented nationally on teaching methodologies. The two have coauthored one previous book, Teaching Beginning Ballet Technique. Dr. Kassing--a former publications director for the National Dance Association (NDA)--is the media author of Interactive Beginning Ballet Technique, an interactive multimedia CD-ROM for students. Both have received Outstanding Young Women of America awards from the Outstanding Young Women of America Program. Both authors hold PhDs in dance and related arts and belong to the NDA and National Dance Education Organization. Dr. Jay has served on the committee that selects the NDA Dance Educator of the Year award.Dr. Kassing lives in Champaign, Illinois, where she is an acquisitions editor in Human Kinetics' division of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. As a professional dancer, she performed ballet, modern dance, and musical theatre. Dr. Kassing has taught dance in university physical education and fine arts departments and elementary public magnet schools. She administered university dance and fine arts programs and was a Florida Artist in Residence for two terms. She has conducted dance workshops in public schools for state departments of education, in graduate programs, and for professional organizations. In her free time, Kassing enjoys spending time with her family and close friends, walking, reading, and traveling. Dr. Jay is a professor of dance education at Northern Illinois University. A student of ballet since the age of three, she has studied with Margaret Craske and Celene Keller at Jacob's Pillow; with David McLain, David Blackburn, and Oleg Sabline at the University of Cincinnati; and with Grace Thomas, a soloist with the Radio City Ballet. Dr. Jay lives in Sycamore, Illinois; her favorite leisure-time activities include spending time with her relatives and close friends, reading, and choreographing.

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