Labankido©: The Evaluation of a Multimedia Tool Designed for the Teaching of Basic Skills and Concepts in Dance Education

By Aspasia Dania, Vasiliki Tyrovola, Maria Koutsouba and Dimitrios Hatziharistos.

Published by The Sport Collection

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According to modern learning theories, multimedia applications can serve as media for the simultaneous activation of the dancer’s visual and verbal system of receiving and processing incoming information relative with motor performance. The aim of the present research is the evaluation of the impact of a new computer multimedia application: Labankido© on beginner dance students’ performance. Labankido© is a ten unit computer tutorial specially designed for the needs of the Laban-Notation teaching method (Dania 2013), and according to the principles of Mayer’s Multimedia Learning Theory. Its main innovation is the use of Labanotation symbols (symbols for the notation and analysis of movement), for the representation of the four basic movement concepts: knowledge of body, spatial awareness, sense of effort, relationships, as these are defined by the Laban theory of Movement Analysis (LMA). 52 second-year university beginner dance students participated in the research. All participants were taught Greek traditional dance for five consecutive weeks by the Laban-Notation teaching method. A 30-minute period of the main part of every lesson was video-recorded and the participants’ motor responses to Labankido©-lesson activities were analyzed by expertly trained observers with the duration recording method. From the results, it was proved that when the cognitive load of the digital material was low, the use of multimedia represented Labanotation symbols promoted the dancers’ perception and thus made their performance more proficient.

Keywords: Labanotation, Laban-Notation Teaching Method, Multimedia Learning Theory, Greek Traditional Dance

The International Journal of Sport and Society, Volume 3, Issue 3, pp.137-148. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 558.741KB).

Dr. Aspasia Dania

Physical education teacher, Doctoral canditate, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Aspasia Dania is a physical education teacher currently working at the research lab of Sport Pedagogy, at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Greece. She has studied on Postgraduate level at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science of the University of Athens, where she received her Msc (2009) in Dance Education and her PhD (2013) in Dance Teaching Methods and Pedagogy. Since 1997, she has worked as a physical education teacher in primary, secondary and higher education and has participated in many physical and dance education conferences. Her research interests and publications are on Laban notation and innovative dance teaching methods.

Assoc Prof Vasiliki Tyrovola

University Professor, Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Vasiliki Tyrovola is a professor of Greek traditional dance at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Greece. She has studied on Postgraduate level in Ethnomusicology and Theatre in the Department of Literature in University of Crete and she has a PhD in Choreology at the Department of Musical Studies, Kapodestrian University of Athens, Greece. Her research interests include the structural-morphological and typological approach of Greek traditional dance, the analysis and criticism of dance (Aesthetic Morphology) and the fields of magic and symbolism in the frames of anthropological-social sciences.

Asst Prof Maria Koutsouba

Department of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Athens, Greece

Maria Koutsouba received her Ph.D. in ethnochoreology from the University of London in 1997 and is currently an associate professor at the University of Athens writing and lecturing about Greek folk dance and dance studies. Her research interests and publications are on ethnochoreology, dance notation and movement analysis, and educational innovations in dance.

Dimitrios Hatziharistos

Professor, Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodestrian University, Athens, Greece

Dimitrios Hatziharistos is a professor of Sport Pedagogy at the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, National and Kapodestrian University of Athens, Greece. He is researching on the relationship between physical education and positive attitude towards exercise and health. His research interests include: application of information technology on physical education and sports, creation of multimedia products for organizing physical education lessons and evaluating students' progress in the field.