Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education

Case Studies on Humanizing Dance Pedagogy

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About the Book

The first of its kind, this volume presents case studies from experts in the field of dance education, examining theory and practice developed from real-world scenarios that call for ethical decision-making. Dilemmas faced by dance instructors in the studio, on stage, in recreation centers and correctional facilities, and on social media are explored, accompanied by activities for humanizing dance pedagogy.
These challenges converge from educational policies and mandates developed over the past two decades, including teacher-proof “scripted” curriculum, high-stakes testing, standardization and methods-centered teacher preparation, and are often perpetuated by those who want to make change happen but do not know how.

About the Author(s)

Doug Risner is professor of dance and distinguished faculty fellow at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.
Karen Schupp is associate professor and assistant director of dance in the Herberger Institute School of Film, Dance and Theatre at Arizona State University. She conducts research on innovative pedagogical practices and curricula in postsecondary dance education and dance competition culture.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Doug Risner and Karen Schupp
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: appendices, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2019
pISBN: 978-1-4766-6717-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-3738-9
Imprint: McFarland

Book Reviews & Awards

“Original and groundbreaking…. This is a pivotal text to propel dance education beyond the status quo tenants of ‘best practices.’… This text may well be the driver moving personal, value-based pedagogies beyond methods-based instruction. An exciting read and an honest journey in meaningful decision making.”—Susan Kirchner, Towson University