Movement and Dance in Early Childhood

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SAGE, Mar 12, 2003 - Education - 240 pages
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`This original and fascinating approach to children's movement development is highly recommended reading for tutors, practitioner and students alike' - Under Five

`Movement and Dance in Early Childhood offers a clear and accessible entry into the world of movement and dance and the possibilities that exist for children, their families and the wider educational community' - Every Child

`Eminently readable and accessible. Whether the reader is versed in movement understanding or a beginner, by the end of the book they should be a much better movement observer, teacher and handler' - Marion North, Principal and Chief Executive, Laban Centre for Movement and Dance

In this unique and innovative book on movement and dance development from birth to eight years, the author draws on her depth of knowledge and practical experience in helping children to become skilled, creative and imaginative in a wide range of movement-oriented activities. The book seeks to help early childhood educators and parents in very practical ways and provides guidance based on a sound theoretical understanding.

Originally published as Helping Children Learn Through a Movement Perspective, this book has been updated in the light of recent research. The author extends her investigation of how young children learn in and through movement. There is an expanded chapter on dance, which suggests strategies for working with young children and examines ways in which young children take on the roles of dance-makers, performers and appreciators. An additional chapter shows ways in which the expressive and artistic aspects of children's movement can be appropriately located and includes exemplars for dance at Key Stage 1 and the early phases of Key Stage 2.

 

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Contents

1 What is movement?
1
2 Learning to move
30
3 Moving to learn
61
4 The learning teaching environment
87
5 Supporting extending and enriching movement
113
6 A matter of expression
127
7 Creating performing and appreciating dance
155
8 Dance in statutory education
182
9 Conclusion
207
Bibliography
208
Index
215
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Mollie Davies is known internationally for her outstanding and scholarly work in the field of Movement and Dance Education. She has influenced many adults and young people with whom she has worked and her contribution has been honoured with an MBE for services to dance education and by a fellowship from the Royal Academy of Dance.

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