Planning my research project

It was great to get back in touch via skype on Sunday. Now I need to get back into ‘the zone’, after focusing on the beginning a new, and very busy, term at my school. I have been mulling over numerous ideas for my research project since starting Module one back in October, but, never having attempted anything like this before, I wasn’t sure if my ideas were suitable for this MA. I am very interested in researching whether, as dance teachers in local dance schools, we can provide a safe and creative environment for ALL children, regardless of body shape, physical facility, and rhythmic and memory cognition, to gain confidence and self-esteem, as well as enjoy, and gain skills in, varied forms of dance, specifically classical ballet. My concerns are, that against a background of curriculum, examinations, competitions and auditions, in a ‘world’ where aesthetics are paramount, that we are setting children up for disappointment, or the feeling of ‘never being quite good enough’.

After the skype on Sunday, I realised my ideas were relevant, and the discussion that followed opened up more angles that I could approach this subject from.  We discussed how I would have to challenge my own perceptions of what being a dancer means, as well as look at the perceptions of pupils and their parents. I could also look at how or if there has been a shift in values, and can dance be a more embodied experience in this environment?

I am now very excited to get going! I’m not really sure how to start though – probably do the tasks in the module handbook and order some books on how to plan a research project!

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2 thoughts on “Planning my research project

  1. The bit that really resonates with me from your post is about challenging your own perceptions of what dance means, what being a dancer means and being a dance teacher. Perhaps this is one of the most important aspects of the whole MA for me in a way. That we have an identity in dance and that this can change and shift over time. I think the question of what constitutes positive experiences in dance for children is a great one as I also find myself questioning some of the differnt kninds of dance cultures out there.
    Looking forward to hearing more.

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  2. Love this topic! It is also on my list of potential topics. I will be very interested to read your blogs and linkedin questions! Can’t wait 🙂

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