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Dancing between diversity and consistency: Improving assessment in post graduate degrees in dance

Dancing between diversity was a collaborative, qualitative research project between three universities which was conducted over a two year period in 2007-2008 with the support of a Priority Projects Program grant from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. In 2007, chief investigators addressed questions about how embodiment may be assessed in the context of Masters and Doctoral examinations.

Researchers had to find out what was expected and demanded of this alternative knowledge both from the point of view of the dance profession and of the university. Hence, a cross-over methodology emerged, soliciting perceptions from the two sectors. Extensive interviews were conducted with supervisors, examiners, research deans and candidates to determine expectations, experiences and existing protocols; community forums took place in association with Ausdance (The Australian Dance Council) to gauge the prevailing views of the profession and university intersection; and assessment and creative arts’ literature was surveyed to gain national and international dimensions on the state of ‘examination’ at postgraduate levels.

Please visit the Dancing Between Diversity website for more information about this project.


Dr Maggi Phillips (Edith Cowan University)
Associate Professor Cheryl Stock (Queensland University of Technology)
Associate Professor Kim Vincs (Deakin University
Mr Jonathan Mustard
Dr Maria Adriana Verdaasdonk
Dr Katrina Rank

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