Dancing with the “other”: An action research project in a children’s social care institution

Kostas Magos and Maria Tsouvala

Department of Preschool Education, University of Thessaly, Greece

Abstract: This article presents an educational action research that aimed to examine if student teachers can transform previous perceptions towards the diverse “other”, through an experiential dance teaching project. Participants in the project were a group of students at a Teachers’ Education University Department and a group of children living in a social care institution located in the same city as the University. The action research indicated that the deep emotional relationship that was developed between the students and the children led to the enhancement of their critical reflection. This issue affected the student teachers’ perceptions about the particular children and became a means of personal and professional empowerment.

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