Kinesiology Teachers Survey
Calling All Dance Kinesiology
A Dance Kinesiology Teachers'
Survey was first suggested by Arizona State University Professor
Emerita, Pamela Matt during the 2004 IADMS conference in San Francisco.
The idea was so appealing that she was invited to write a draft
of the survey to share with a coordinating committee, who refined
the content, questions and format. Last summer, Florida State University
graduate student, Laura Iverson, created an on-line version of the
survey, which has undergone several rounds of pilot testing by a
small group of patient and persistent dance kinesiology teachers,
and is now ready for use.
The idea behind the survey
is to gather and share information from dance kinesiology teachers
about who we are, and what and how we teach. When Pamela first conceived
of the survey, she realized that those individuals who teach the
dance sciences play a special role in the field of dance. In her
words, “Ours is a young and unique field. Its content is multidimensional
and can be presented to students in a wide variety of ways. The
task of putting together meaningful learning experiences in our
subject area is a substantial one. Without any desire to prescribe
or circumscribe one way of teaching dance science, our collective
efforts to promote our field will be more effective if we can learn
more about where our members are coming from: their backgrounds,
the content of their courses, and what sorts of resources they have
found useful. We seek greater understanding of the place of dance
science coursework and related activities in dance training programs.”
We hope that by sharing
information about our courses and teaching methods, we can better
understand the great diversity of successful approaches to teaching
the dance sciences. With this shared knowledge, we can improve our
own teaching practices, support experienced teacher colleagues,
mentor new teachers in the field, and make better decisions about
programming for future professional meetings. And this knowledge
should improve our ability to help dancers stay healthy while expanding
their performing abilities.
The survey is in two
parts, and can be completed online.
Part 1 of the Dance Kinesiology
Teachers’ Survey asks about your background, your training,
and your current teaching position(s) in the dance sciences. It
should take about 20 minutes to complete.
Part 1: https://dance.fsu.edu/apps/survey/index.php?sid=3
Part 2 of the Dance Kinesiology
Teachers' Survey asks for information about the specific dance science
courses you teach. It should take less than an 1 hour to complete.
You may want to collect the following information before you begin:
(1) brief (catalog) description of each dance science or somatics
course you teach, (2) approximate enrollment figures, and (3) reference
information for any textbooks and other resources you use.
Part 2: https://dance.fsu.edu/apps/survey/index.php?sid=4
You will be able to scan
forward and backward (using "next" and "prev"
buttons) to preview and review the questions in the surveys. You
will also be able to change your answers at any time until you click
the "Submit" button on the final page of each survey.
The "Save your responses so far" button, will let you
exit the survey and return later to start where you left off.
If you have questions
about the survey content or purpose, or if you prefer to receive
a copy to complete off-line, please contact:
Pamela Matt <email@example.com>
If you have technical
problems completing the survey, please contact:
Tom Welsh <firstname.lastname@example.org>
We hope all teachers
of dance kinesiology and other dance science courses will make the
small investment of time required to complete the online survey.
It’s quick, it’s easy and it’s fun!
Submitted by Donna Krasnow
for the Dance Kinesiology Teachers Survey Team