Professor: Dr. Doug Risner
Tuition: $520 member / $595 non-member
12 Weeks; 3 NDEO-Endorsed PDCs
In this course, we explore ethical dimensions of dance education based upon the pedagogical premise that each of us will teach as we were taught unless we seriously scrutinize our pedagogical choices, teaching approaches, and ethical decision-making. Participants are encouraged to investigate carefully their teaching practices and leadership potential by stepping back and objectively observing, considering, and assessing individual values and assumptions in ethical decision-making. There is always a tendency when facing a problem to look for the correct answer, however, as with all ethical dilemmas, the difficulty comes not in choosing right over wrong, but in deciding between conflicting choices that are neither all right nor all wrong. Ethical dilemmas in education are ones in which teachers must take action that will benefit one party at some expense or inconvenience to another. Resolving ethical dilemmas presses dance educators to prioritize among the conflicting wants, needs, and interests of students, parents, colleagues, and the larger culture. In other words, making one right choice in an ethical dilemma usually means that an individual cannot make another choice, which is equally right and equally important. Ethical decisions are difficult because no single option clearly dominates the alternatives. Given the social nature of ethical decision-making, the pedagogical approach to this course promotes and supports a collaborative learning community. With clear instructions and a set goal, partners and small groups explore collaboratively, experiment within themselves and work with open communication.
Book required: Ethical Dilemmas in Dance Education by Doug Risner and Karen Schupp; Can be ordered from McFarland Books at https://mcfarlandbooks.com/product/ethical-dilemmas-in-dance-education
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