Preparing dance educators to successfully teach an increasingly diverse student population frames a number of persistent challenges for dance teacher preparation programs in the United States today. Many of these challenges converge from educational policies and mandates developed over the past decade and a half—characterized by teacher-proof “scripted” curriculum, high-stakes testing, standardization, and methods-centric teacher preparation. These challenges also reverberate through the preparation of dance educators in community and alternative settings and teaching artists in dance, whose preparation is largely ignored in the literature.
The book emerges from Dr. Risner’s experience teaching numerous foundation courses in education, dance education, pedagogy, and curriculum and research and the lack of appropriate texts for innovative and humanizing dance pedagogy and teacher preparation. In response to the current landscape, most available texts in dance education today focus primarily on “how to” teaching methods and “best practice” lesson plans, rarely addressing the dance educator’s core pedagogical values and beliefs necessary for developing a reflective and humanizing dance pedagogy.
Because teaching involves understanding, reflecting upon, negotiating, and resolving ethical issues each day, this book, tentatively titled Case Studies in Dance Education: Ethical Dimensions of Humanizing Dance Pedagogy, provide 20 research-inspired case studies that generate and stimulate discussion, as well as activities in which prospective dance educators use what they have learned theoretically to understand and address applied challenges and problems, develop meaningful plans of action, and to increasingly hone their personal pedagogy—the kind of teacher they want to be.
A first-ever volume of its kind in dance education, the book places dance teacher candidates, dance educators, dance teaching artists, and those postsecondary faculty that train them in real-world situations typically faced by teachers in their daily teaching practice and responsibilities. Elaboration of contemporary pedagogical issues (social, cultural, economic, race-ethnicity, gender, ability, sexual orientation, among others) preface each section of the volume, which ground interactive case studies that include ethical dilemmas and decision-making. Each chapter contains the following concise sections: an Introduction, the Case Study, Dilemma and Stakeholders, Pedagogical Elements, and Action Points.