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date: 26 June 2019

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This chapter discusses the role of arts/dance education in the lives of both children and pre-service teachers in Canada today. Through reports at the national and international level and specific initiatives in the province of Saskatchewan, the importance and implementation of arts/dance education for all is identified. A curriculum is encouraged that positions students to become active creators of knowledge, to acquire critical, open, and exploratory perspectives, to work independently, to use a variety of research tools, and to express themselves using a range of symbol systems and therefore dance. There is evidence that such creative processes empower communities and improve the health and wellbeing of individuals. An example from a teaching context is provided to consider the role of dance both as personal expression and wellbeing that intertwines the history and personal voice of the individual and as a means to examine pedagogical practice.

Keywords: arts education, dance education, curriculum, pedagogy, pre-service, in-service

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