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Post-secondary circus school graduates perspectives of curriculum

Auteurs : Langlois, Amanda Jade (Auteur)

Lieu de publication : Montréal

Éditeur : McGill University

Date de publication : 2014

Université : McGill University

Programme d'étude : Department of Integrated Studies in Education

Cycle d'étude : Maîtrise

Langue : Anglais

Description : 134 p. ; 29 cm.

Notes : Bibliogr. : 120-125.

Sujets :
Artistes de cirque - Formation
Arts du cirque - Étude et enseignement
Insertion professionnelle
École nationale de cirque (Montréal, Québec) - Étude de cas
Diplômés de l'École nationale de cirque
Relation professeur-étudiant
Arts du cirque - Orientation professionnelle
Artistes de cirque - Entretiens

Dépouillement du document :
1-Personal Background Leading to the Study
Personal Stance
Relevance of the Study
Summary

2-Review of the Literature
Circus History
Early Years
Philip Astley
Circus Expansion
Circus Today
Learning Theories
Behaviourism
Constructivism
Socio-Constructivism Adult Learning Theories
Curriculum Theories
Active Learning
Lived Curriculum
Hidden Curriculum
Learning Communities
Performance Arts Education
Summary

3- Research Methodology
Purpose of my Study
Research Questions
Research Design
Site Selection
Access and Entry
Participants
Field Text Collection
Perspectives of a Circus School Curriculum
Field Text Management
Ethical Considerations
Trustworthiness
Data Analysis
Summary

4-Discussion of Findings
Arriving at the Themes
Theme One : Pushing Borders
Discovering the Creative Process
Developing Physicality
Engaging in the Core Curriculum
Theme Two: Living in a State of Disequilibrium
Constant Transitioning
Experiencing a Polarity of Emotions
Theme Three : Constructing Families
Forming Peer Relationships
Navigating Professional Relationships
Theme Four : Embracing Circus Life
Abiding by Unspoken Rules
Desiring to Perform
Developing a Circus Identity

5-Conclusion, Implications and Recommendations
Significant Findings and Pedagogical Implications
Limitations
Limited Perspectives
Participant Sample
Personal Biases
Recommendations

Appendix A: Email Sent to Participants
Appendix B: Pre-Selection Questionnaire
Appendix C : Interview Questioning Guide
Appendix D: Consent Form

Résumé :
This qualitative study explores perspectives of curriculum through the lens of graduates from a collegial level circus arts program in Canada. Data were collected through participant interviewswith students who had graduated within the past ten years. The overarching research question that guided this study was: How do graduates of a post-secondary circus school program perceive the design, content and delivery of the curriculum? Analysis of the data was conducted through the use of the constant comparison approach. It was through this process that multiple themes emerged from the data, which identified the characteristics of undertaking a career in circus arts. These themes included Pushing Borders, Living in a State of Disequilibrium and Constructing Families. Together, these three themes resulted in the fourth and overarching theme, Embracing Circus Life. The findings from this study suggest that applying constructivist teaching practices, fostering a community of learners, supporting the emotional development of students, having strong relationships with coaches and ensuring that the students perceive the courses as useful are essential in optimizing the students’ perception of the program. This study is unique as it is one of the only studies that explore circus and academics. Whereas much of the teaching of circus arts lies in the historical trend of passing down knowledge, this study explores the present day context of circus whereby students can choose to pursue a degree in circus arts. [author summary]

Collection : Bibliothèque de l'École nationale de cirque

Localisation : Bibliothèque

Cote : 791.307 117 142 8 L2841p 2014

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