Cassady, Helen, Clarke, Gill and Latham, Ann-Marie
Experiencing evaluation: a case study of girls' dance
Physical Education and Sport Pedagogy, 9, (1), . (doi:10.1080/1740898042000208106).
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This paper outlines action research that was undertaken as a part of a DfES Best Practice Research Scholarship (BPRS).1 The aims of the research were, firstly, to investigate how girls at Key Stage 3 and 4 feel about evaluating and being evaluated in dance and, secondly, to devise a range of evaluation tasks which enable pupils both to evaluate with confidence, and to use the information to improve their performance. The research utilised questionnaires and interviews to obtain information about girls' feelings about evaluation. The results reveal that the girls found the social environment they worked in significantly influenced their feelings and performance in dance. In particular they experienced feelings ranging from 'nasty and hypocritical' to 'embarrassed and self-conscious'. These feelings were fuelled through the use of the video camera. Evaluating was found to be difficult because of such factors as the speed of the movement, too many things to look for and a lack of knowledge of composition. A preference was shown by the pupils for evaluation to be conducted in a one-to-one situation or by self-evaluation from a video, so long as it was conducted privately. Finally, the study identifies the importance of evaluation for helping pupils make progress and improve, as well as illustrating the pupils' growing recognition of the importance of such processes.
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