Movement and Emotions in Higher Education
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
Dr. Ofra Walter