Teaching Cognitive Skill Through Dance: Evidence For Near But Not Far Transfer

September 1st, 2000 | RESEARCH

Can the study of dance lead to enhanced academic skills? Dance is an art form that makes use of a wide variety of cognitive skills and may call upon many of the intelligences identified by Howard Gardner in his theory of multiple intelligences. Clearly dance involves nonverbal spatial and musical intelligence. Dance also may call upon linguistic intelligence, when students learn the verbal vocabulary of dance or when they discuss and evaluate a dance sequence. In what follows, we report the results of two very small meta-analyses testing the claims that dance instruction leads to improvements in reading and improvements in nonverbal reasoning.


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Team Members

Mia Keinänen, Author
Lois Hetland, Author
Ellen Winner, Author, Boston College


Identifier Type: issn
Identifier: 0021-8510

Publication: Journal of Aesthetic Education
Volume: 34
Number: 3-4
Page(s): 295

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Audience: Educators | Teachers | Museum | ISE Professionals
Discipline: Art | music | theater | Education and learning science | Social science and psychology
Resource Type: Peer-reviewed article | Research Products
Environment Type: Public Programs