Education and the arts

Palazhy, Jayachandran (2007) Education and the arts. Learning Curve (9). pp. 6-7.

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Over the last twenty years of my career as a choreographer, dancer and teacher, I have had the opportunity to work in diverse contexts in several countries across the globe. Some of the most rewarding ones I remember were in the field of arts education where the movement arts played a vital role in the development of the individual. This is true of students ranging from nursery to post-graduation. Whether they came from a grammar school in East Anglia in the UK or a school for slum children in Chennai; a school in the idyllic setting near Alice Spring in Australia; tough inner-city schools in London where you had to deal with social disaffection, behavioral problems and lack of discipline; schools for children with learning and physical difficulties, Down’s syndrome, autism etc; tertiary or post graduate courses in Arizona University in America or Brunel, Surrey and Middlesex Universities in the UK or arts & science colleges or design schools in India – in all these places I have noticed the immense positive impact movement arts sessions had on the lives of the students and their education. I have witnessed huge positive changes taking place in participants whether they were the inmates of a high security prison in Wandsworth (London) or primary teachers and students of several districts in Kerala as part of District Primary Education Programme (DPEP)

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Palazhy, Jayachandran
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, Elementary education, Early childhood education
Subjects: Social sciences > Education
Divisions: Foundation Publications
Full Text Status: Public
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