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Education 530 Project
Master of Science
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As learning gaps have widened in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increased need for research-based strategies to improve student academic achievement and engagement. This study explored the integration of creative dance as a form of storytelling in a kindergarten language arts classroom. Students were introduced to an element of dance and used it to create short dance phrases in a unit on retelling. Both qualitative and quantitative data was collected using pre/post tests and student interviews measuring students’ engagement and enjoyment. Students involved in this study showed significant growth in their ability to orally retell a story (p < .05) and analysis of student interviews suggested that students were highly engaged in the unit.
Akam, Amira, "Stories in Motion: Integrating Creative Dance in a Language Arts Classroom" (2023). Student Research Submissions. 546.