The teaching of skills for the observation of movement ; inquiry into a model

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Ann Harrell Craft (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Kate R. Barnett

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to inquire into a feasible model for teaching undergraduate physical education majors to observe movement using the Body, Space, Effort, and Relationships framework. A workshop was conducted as the setting for the inquiry into the model. The model was composed of three interrelated elements: the observer, the movement framework, and the environment. The element of the model which focused on the observer included three concepts. The first concept was that of the observer developing awareness. The second concept was concerned with the observer's ability to concentrate and to hold his/her focus while observing. The third concept was recognition of personal biases, on the part of the observer, during observation. The second element of the model, the movement framework, was adapted from Laban's work. The movement framework consisted of four components: Body awareness, Space awareness, Effort, and Relationships. The third element of the model focused on the environment. This element had two phases; one was concerned with the types of experiences used and the second was concerned with the structuring of the experiences. The two types of experiences used were simulated observation and actual movement experiences. The structuring of the experiences was based on four concepts of learning to observe movement. The concepts were: reduced complexities additive process, unity, and practice.

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Language: English
Date: 1977
Movement education
Observation (Educational method)

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