Honors Program

University Honors

Date of Award


Thesis Professor(s)

Cara Harker

Thesis Professor Department

Theatre and Dance

Thesis Reader(s)

Laura Robertson


Movement in Education explores the impact of movement on the quality of a student’s learning experience in education. This thesis is the culmination of four years of study from 2019-2023 in East Tennessee State University’s education and dance programs. Participating in these programs has provided me with many opportunities to explore the impacts of movement pedagogy in elementary education. The research portion of this thesis focuses on the educational benefits of incorporating movement into classroom activities and assessments. The experiential portion of this thesis focuses on both observations and data collected from students in a 3rd grade classroom who participated in movement activities and assessments designed and implemented by me and my experience choreographing a ballet based on The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe. Finally, I reflect on how these experiences have impacted my teaching philosophy for elementary education.


East Tennessee State University

Document Type

Honors Thesis - Open Access

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