Date of Graduation
Honors Research Project
Bachelor of Arts in Education
Early Childhood Education
Dance has proven to have many benefits to children’s learning and development. The use of movement supports students processing, social emotional, and motor skills. Research shows that the integration of dance in education increases development in the affective domain providing an avenue for students to express themselves and explore emotions. It also has been linked to improved cognitive development resulting in higher test scores and grade point averages. This study of an after school dance program with first and second grade students supported the research. The surveys and observations gathered from the dance program showed many positive short term affects on development connected to the dance education.
Fox, Victoria, "Improving Development in Youth: My implementation of an after-school dance program" (2016). Honors Research Projects. 360.