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Dancing activities and group dynamics among preschool children

Marija Slevc (2018) Dancing activities and group dynamics among preschool children. Diploma thesis.

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    Dancing is a means of developing child's physical intellectual and emotional progress as well as developing personal growth through dancing experience that provides positive self-image, good relationships and the experience of happiness. Through dancing a child is able to communicate easily with the enviroment because he can express his thoughts, desires and emotions in a more relaxed manner, and in this way he shows his attitude towards himself and other people. With physical movement a child relases the tension from the enviroment, different kinds of pressure. Fot this reason we have to be aware of the fact that children need to be stimulated for active or relaxed movement, with which they calm down or physically and mentally relax. In my diploma thesis Dancing activities and group dynamics among preschool children I described some planned motorical-dancing activities with the intention to create a relaxed and pleasant atmosphere, to bring children closer together and to enable an easy start in a new enviroment with new peers. With the help of dancing I wanted to establish pleasant relations among children as well as between the children and myself to reach easiness with reserved children and to encourage joy and interest for prepared activities. In addition to group dances, I was interested in the influence of motorical creativity in smaller groups of children, and the change of dynamics before and after dancing activities. In the theoretical part I first focused on the characteristics of dance education. I went on with child's growth characteristics and I dealt with social-emotional development in detail. Next I presented the relaxing impact of movement with a description of active movement and relaxation. In the final part of the teorethical part I touched the group dynamics and socialization in a group of pre-school children as well as motorical creativity in small groups. In the empirical part of my thesis I introduced fifteen activities that were performed in a group of children, which was integrated from two different kindergarten groups in September 2017.Each activity is presented with the preparation and analysis enriched with children's photos taken during different motorical dancing challenges. My project proved out to be very welcome, children showed a positive reaction because the atmosphere was pleasant and relaxed during the activities. That was felt in better mutual relationships among children and in group dynamics.

    Item Type: Thesis (Diploma thesis)
    Keywords: pre-school children, dancing, movement, integration, relaxation
    Number of Pages: 87
    Language of Content: Slovenian
    Mentor / Comentors:
    Mentor / ComentorsIDFunction
    doc. dr. Vesna GeršakMentor
    Link to COBISS: http://www.cobiss.si/scripts/cobiss?command=search&base=50126&select=(ID=11975753)
    Institution: University of Ljubljana
    Department: Faculty of Education
    Item ID: 5051
    Date Deposited: 18 Apr 2018 11:56
    Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 11:56
    URI: http://pefprints.pef.uni-lj.si/id/eprint/5051

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