Team building activities in dance and discoveries from reflective essays

Hanrahan, Stephanie J. & Pedro, Rachel A. (2015) Team building activities in dance and discoveries from reflective essays. In Lea, Liz & Moyle, Gene (Eds.) DANscienCE Festival 2015, 21 - 23 August 2015, Queensland University of Technology, Kelvin Grove campus, Brisbane, Qld. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to determine if using team building activities within a university Latin dance course enhances cohesion. Students (N=30) completed the Group Environment Questionnaire (GEQ; Carron, Widmeyer, & Brawley, 1985), which measures group integration (individuals’ perceptions of the closeness, similarity, and bonding within the group as a whole) and individual attractions to the group in terms of both task and social cohesion. Students also completed an evaluation of the team building activities and wrote reflective essays about their experiences in the course.

The course consisted of twenty 90-minute classes. In the third class students were provided an information sheet describing the research. In the fourth class the students completed a demographics questionnaire and the GEQ. The students completed the GEQ again during the ninth class. In classes 10 to 14 team building activities took up roughly the first third of each class. The students completed the GEQ again in classes 15 and 20. In class 16 the students completed the evaluation. The reflective essays were submitted two weeks after the last class.

There were no significant differences across time in social cohesion. Group integration task, however, was significantly higher at times 3 and 4 compared to time 1. Students agreed that the team-building activities helped to bond class members, and felt it was valuable for these activities to be included in the unit in the future. The reflective essays indicated the students felt the team building activities improved social factors, and interpersonal, dance, and personal mental skills.

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ID Code: 87068
Item Type: Conference Item (Presentation)
Refereed: No
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Keywords: Dance, Team building, Latin dance
Divisions: Current > Schools > Dance
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 01 Sep 2015 06:09
Last Modified: 21 Mar 2016 06:22

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