Kolb Learning Styles of Dancers Who Do and Don’t Use Dance Notation Compared to Other Fields

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Teresa Heiland, Professor of Dance Education (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: This statistical study of 272 dancers, ages 18–96, using Kolb Learning Styles Inventory 4.0, identifies dominant learning cycles, learning styles, and learning style flexibility of the dance participants, and subgroups of notation users, and then compares these results to existing results from other disciplines. The research reveals the depth and breadth of learning cycles and styles among the dancers (notation users and non-notation users) and provides implications suggested by comparing to other disciplines. The results provide insight into the value of shifting approaches to teaching by using motif notation or structured dance notation, some of which closely match disciplines that are seemingly quite different from dance. Motif notation results hint that motif notation pushes students to be much more flexible in their learning styles. This distinction represents motif notation users’ abilities to switch to a ‘back up’ learning style, when their dominant learning style seems not to fulfill every learning task. Structured notation users results point to ability to focus deeply into analysis. The results of this study point to two considerations for the dance classroom. Engaging in motif notation may be an ideal tool to stimulate flexibility for lifelong learning and structured notation encourages analytical skill building.

Additional Information

Research in Dance Education 20 no. 2 (2019)
Language: English
Date: 2019
dance notation, labanotation, learning styles, dance education, pedagogy, motif notation

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