Movement and Emotions in Higher Education

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Sherborne Developmental Movement (SDM) has been used at various higher education establishments in UK. Hill (2006) had suggested that SDM can make very valuable and significant contribution both for future teachers and students in many areas of Education. Gibbs (2002) had recommended to develop teachers self efficacy. Developing emotional competencies can be achieved by SDM activities which enhance self understanding and self confidence by creating a connection between body and emotional awareness (Hill 2006).
Based on previous studies, it was assumed that experiencing SDM course will contribute to the modification of Emotional Intelligence (EI) in participants. Emotional intelligence, suggests that emotional skills be considered as important as cognitive skills though they are qualitatively dissimilar and perhaps require different pedagogical approaches (Mayer & Salovey 1990).
This pilot study was aimed to asses and further develop a program in higher education that contributes to the modification of EI competencies using SDM. It was trialed in a semester course in the curriculum of the Education department in Tel-Hai Academic College in Northern Israel. The course focused on student's awareness to the significance of movement in education, and aimed to provide a basic framework for theoretical concepts in teaching movement in early childhood Education. The research was based on a systemic SDM approach that included four main phases (relationship, body awareness; space awareness and rhythm awareness). The main teaching methods were experiential, based on theory review and research.
The research method combined qualitative & quantitative measures that aim to in-depth and expand the understanding of SDM training contributions to the development of Emotional Intelligence in education students in Higher Ed.
Results suggested that movement experience contributed mostly to student’s reflective abilities and that enhanced gradually: self awareness, emotional perception of self and others, emotional regulation and self emotional management.

Keywords: EI, SDM, Relationship, Body Awareness, Space Awareness, Rhythm Awareness
Stream: Teacher Training and Professional Development
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Movement and Emotions in Higher Education

Dr. Ofra Walter

Lecturer, Education
Special Aid, Tel Hai, Ohalo

Rakefet, Israel

My professional experience as a teacher in general and in teaching Movement Education in particular has been gained in the encounter with different populations from different cultures both in Israel and in the United States while performing different roles in these countries. These populations have influenced my teaching methods and approaches and my professional development. They have enhanced my belief that movement serves as a bridge between cultures, thus connecting non-verbal and verbal language. These facts have made me curious seeking to research this domain. The developmental cycles in the professional domain have led me to encounters with a variety of learners: children of different ages, movement teachers trained by me, student-teachers and early-childhood teachers.

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