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Sustainable and Solidary Education

Reflections and Practices

Edited By Monica Tilea, Oana-Adriana Duţă and Alina Stela Reşceanu

This volume of thematic studies offers multifaceted interpretations of education for sustainable and solidary development (ESSD). It is a joint work of academics, teachers and researchers covering the domain of education from the perspective of economy, social sciences, language studies, communication and pedagogy. The authors propose a range of reflections and empirical studies which refer to: various means and methods for an effective teaching/learning process; transversal skills related to ESSD; and the importance of financial resources and quality assurance in education. The unitary and original endeavour of this volume establishes a common meeting point for devising up-to-date methods and practices across disciplines, with a view to supporting sustainable and solidary education.

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Optimizing Students’ Psycho-Motor Capacity by Using Dance-Specific Methods (Germina Cosma / Ligia Rusu)

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Germina Cosma, Ligia Rusu

Optimizing Students’ Psycho-Motor Capacity by Using Dance-Specific Methods

Abstract: The development of transversal and multilateral skills in today’s students is a major focus point in integrative and sustainable education. In Romania, physical education is a subject that fosters the multilateral development of students’ personality, as dance-specific methods are structured into ways to prevent, relax or train major functions. They are thought to play a significant part in prophylactics, as well as at a therapeutic level. Thus, the purpose of our research is to identify the best strategies which can result in an efficient means of finding adequate physical education activities by diversifying the existing means and introducing dancing during lessons. For a period of three months, a group of 30 students (aged seven to ten ± one and a half years) took part in a work programme that involved two sessions a week and mainly included dance-specific methods. The subjects were tested before and after taking part in the work programme, and the tests dealt with the evolution of coordination, flexibility and strength in the lower limbs and the abdomen. The statistical analysis was performed with the SPSS v.21 software. The results validated the research programme, and the data indicated major progress in all trials, with a difference p<0.05 between initial and final averages. According to the results, dance classes may be included in the school curriculum or as an optional subject, and the students’ enthusiasm for dancing may become a...

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