Motivation - Art and Dance

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Thesis statement: There should be more art and dance classes in the school curriculum. Academic achievement _ According to Ruppert (quoted by Helena Aletta Sophia Prins, 2008), learning experiences in the arts contribute to the development of academic skills _ improve students’ achievement in learning by utilizing the arts as a learning tool such as incorporating the arts into other classes ( create strong bonds between the arts and other subjects, which enables children to learn both deeply ( E.g: Teaching language: integrate music and dance into a language class – new vocabulary and sentence structures through English songs. Learning takes place in a "language-rich" environment. _ A study from the University of California found students who highly participate in the arts have better performances on standardized achievement tests than students who do not. Thinking and social development _ Thinking: imagination, inventiveness, creativity, and problem-solving skills ( In a research study of a high school, “those who studied dance scored higher than nondancers on measures of creative thinking, especially in the categories of fluency, originality and abstract thought”. _ Social: improve social skills such as self-confidence and collaboration ( E.g: they build confidence and gain tolerance and persistence related to the dance experience. Emotional development _ self-expression: learn in different ways ( equal opportunities to be successful in a learning environment which promotes creativity. _ Young children are restricted in how they can express their feelings because they do not have the vocabulary to express them. “Students who have trouble expressing themselves verbally may excel in painting, dancing or drawing” (Helena Aletta Sophia Prins, 2008). _ Motivation to learn _ Participation in the arts also is an important strategy for
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