Dancing Tang Poetry Imagery: An Action Research into the Use of Creative Dance in Young Children’s Aesthetic Development (73041)

Session Information:

Wednesday, 22 November 2023 15:45
Session: Poster
Room: Orion Hall
Presentation Type: Poster Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Young children like to dance. But how can creative dance be combined with other arts to inspire children’s aesthetic experiences and extend their artistic literacy and understanding? Specifically, how can creative dance be used with Tang poetry in a way that transforms the latter into comprehensible language and imagery for the youngsters, and allows them to represent it in movement? Those were the questions posed in this action research that involved 30 kindergarten children aged five to six over two-months.

The research consisted of planning, implementation, observation, and reflection. Teaching strategies included guiding the children towards certain imagery, language and physical materials, demonstration, and peer interaction.

Two poems were used, the teaching strategies for both involving animal imitation and cooperative interaction. Visual imagery was generated from the text and used to motivate different movement dynamics, space, and relationships; and stimulate representation and richness in children's own narration, imagery, creativity and physical expression.

Data collected included photographs, videos, a reflective journal, with critical dialogue also held with peers, all used to analyze the youngsters’ poetic perception and physical responses.

The outcomes show clearly that imitation and peer demonstration that links animal imagery and characteristic movement by emphasizing body parts and dynamics can bring the text to life and enhance children’s own animal imagery and representation. Furthermore, when guiding the children’s transformation of poems’ words into interactive scenes and relationships between people and objects, peer collaboration helps develop the youngsters’ spatial awareness, and aesthetic and expressive movement qualities.

Authors:
Li Shun, National Tsing Hua University, Taiwan


About the Presenter(s)
Ms SHUN LI is a University Assistant Professor/Lecturer at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan

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Posted by Clive Staples Lewis

Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00