Reflections and visions : a hermeneutic study of dangers and possibilities in dance education

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Susan W. Stinson, Professor (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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David E. Purpel

Abstract: This investigation focuses on the validity of dance as an educative process, with particular concern for ways in which dance may limit human personhood. This concern, with focus on the issues of liberation and communion, is expanded through awareness that similar limits are present in personal lives as well as the larger social world. A hermeneutic methodology, based upon a model of the process of doing art, is used for the study because it allows the author to connect the personal, professional, and social worlds in which the dance educator lives. Chapter II develops a conceptual framework for the study, using a metaphor of vertical/horizontal to represent two dimensions of existence. The vertical dimension represents the impulse toward liberation, self-assertion, and mastery; the horizontal dimension represents the impulse toward communion, intimacy, and understanding. A relationship of these dimensions with gender is identified with the vertical dimension as (metaphorically) male and the horizontal dimension as (metaphorically) female. Human understanding of both of these dimensions appears to arise during infancy and early childhood. The author recognizes the need to re-interpret understanding of these dimensions of existence in order to live a mature human life as a person and professional.

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Language: English
Date: 1984
Dance $x Education
Dance teachers $x Training of
Dance $x Curricula

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