How would you integrate Lewin´s Field Theory into ballet education? by Simona Noja-Nebyla
Kurt Lewin’s field theory is a psychological framework that emphasizes the importance of considering the totality of a person’s environment, both internal and external, in understanding their behavior. When integrating this theory into ballet education, we can apply it to various aspects of the learning environment, instructional methods, and student development.
Here are some ways to do so:
Consider the Learning Environment:
Physical Environment: Create a positive and conducive physical space for learning ballet. Ensure that the dance studio is well-lit, spacious, and free from distractions. The design of the studio can influence the dancers’ motivation and engagement. Checklist: the floor is clean, and not slippery; the ballet bars have enough distance between them (in case they are mobile); the bags, ballet shoes, gym mats, etc are in order;
Social Environment: Foster a supportive and collaborative atmosphere within the dance class, even if this might take some time. Encourage peer interaction and teamwork, as the social dynamics among students can significantly impact their learning experience and make them more suitable for solving problems in the 21st century.
Understand Individual Differences:
Personal Backgrounds: Recognize that students come from diverse backgrounds with different experiences and motivations for learning ballet. Acknowledge and respect these differences, adapting teaching methods to accommodate various learning styles and preferences.
Psychological Factors: Consider the psychological aspects of the dancers, such as their motivation, self-esteem, and emotional well-being. Lewin’s theory suggests that these internal factors interact with external influences, so addressing both aspects is crucial.
Adapt Teaching Methods:
Dynamic Teaching Strategies: Apply dynamic and adaptable teaching methods. Lewin’s theory suggests that behavior is a function of both person and environment, so consider adjusting instructional strategies based on the evolving needs and abilities of the students.
Feedback and Reflection: Provide constructive feedback and encourage self-reflection. Help students understand the connection between their actions and outcomes, fostering a sense of responsibility for their learning.
Facilitate Change and Development:
Gradual Progression: Recognize that learning ballet is a process, and progress may occur gradually. Provide opportunities for students to set and achieve realistic goals, fostering a sense of accomplishment and motivation.
Encourage Exploration: Allow students to explore different aspects of ballet, such as various styles and choreography. Lewin’s theory implies that behavior is a result of the dynamic interplay between various forces, so providing opportunities for exploration can contribute to personal and artistic development.
Collaborate and communicate with parents and instructors:
Maintain open communication with parents, guardians, and other instructors involved in the students’ dance education. Collaboration ensures a holistic approach to the dancers’ development, considering both the home and studio environments.
By integrating Lewin’s field theory into ballet education, you can create a more holistic and effective learning environment that considers the interconnectedness of various factors influencing the dancers’ experiences and outcomes.