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Presenting science with dance

Apolonija Papler (2014) Presenting science with dance. Diploma thesis.

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    Abstract

    The thesis examines how successful were children in exploring a certain topic through linking with other areas of activity, with special attention devoted to connecting science and dance through play. The theoretical part deals with the significance of children's play in the preschool period, where all the areas of the curriculum are intertwined and connected. This is the only sensible way towards development and learning. Moreover, it outlines the area of nature and art within the curriculum, focusing on dance. One chapter is entirely dedicated to dance, how a child experiences it and which moods can be expressed through it. The thesis also touches on motor and dance development in preschool children and their ability to learn through movement and acquire motor skills. Moreover, movement stimulates emotional, intellectual and social development in a child. Science-related experience is crucial for their development and psychological health. It is science that enables the child to explore the surrounding world. Science-related activities also have a positive influence on the child's attitude towards nature. When linked to dance, which inspires imagination and encourages representational and divergent thinking, they give rise to basic elements necessary for the child's creative process. The thesis underlines the importance of cross-curricular linking, which enables a more comprehensive teaching process. The empirical part presents fifteen different activities that have been conducted with children over the course of four weeks as part of the research. Every activity is evaluated and described in detail. The purpose of the thesis was to determine how successful were the children in connecting science and dance to learn about a certain topic. The thesis also looked into the differences between children living in a city and children living in a suburb. To this end, the results from our group of children were compared to the results from kindergartens Storžek in Preddvor and Taček in Zgornji Hotič.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: play, nature, art, dance, cross-curricular linking
    Number of Pages: 73
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    pred. Vesna GeršakMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=10108489)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 2278
    Date Deposited: 14 Jul 2014 13:26
    Last Modified: 14 Jul 2014 13:26
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/2278

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