Two research projects provide evidence that Dancing Classrooms results in positive changes in participant social development:
1) Philliber Research Associates, St. Louis, Missouri, 2005
Sources: student pre & post, teacher, parent, and teaching artist surveys.
• Student demographics: 25% African-American, 25% Hispanic, 30% Asian, 20% Anglo
• Respondents agreed that Dancing Classrooms:
o helped students overcome social anxieties
o enhanced respect and increased social skills
o increased student confidence and self-esteem
o increased student awareness of other cultures
o increased student physical development, coordination, and participation in physical activity
• Noteworthy teacher comment: "Many learned how to interact better with their peers; many learned to be more respectful of one another."
2) Dr. Larry Nelson, UTA College of Education, Arlington, Texas 2006
Methodology: pre & post test protocol on 624 fifth graders with 1/3rd in control group.
Sense of Mastery Global Scale and Sense of Relatedness Scale:
• Very Strong Statistical Difference:
o If I try hard it makes a difference.
o There are people who will help me if something bad happens.
o I get a lot of encouragement at my school.
o School will help me be successful.
• Strong Statistical Difference:
o I will be happy and successful when I grow up.
o I am getting the exercise that I need.
o People accept me for who I am.
o I feel supported.
o It makes me sad to see a girl or boy who cannot find anyone to play with.
o I respect people who are different then I am.
• Social Support within the Sense of Relatedness scale showed a Very Strong Statistical Difference