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Att vara i rytmiken är att vara i ögonblicket: en vetenskaplig essä om rytmikens betydelse för barns utveckling
Södertörn University, Lärarutbildningen.
2012 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
To be in eurhythmics is to be in the moment : An essay about the meaning of eurhythmics for children´s development (English)
Abstract [en]

This essay tells about the meaning of eurhythmics for children’s development and why it is so difficult to draw attention to the value of eurhythmics compared to other activities in preschool. The essay builds upon a story that shows what consequences may follow when the meaning of the eurhythmics in the process of learning is not acknowledged. By looking at the relation between rhythm and human beings in a global perspective, I have examined the meaning of rhythm for the human well-being. The question I have researched is; why does eurhythmics appeal to almost every child in spite of being rejected by so many teachers? By researching the reasons behind these completely different points of views, I have tried to enhance the understanding for the different perspectives. I see a danger in the fact that the children lose a very important way to express themselves, as the eurhythmics in preschool and elementary school has to give way for other theoretical subjects. Despite the knowledge many of us possess regarding the development of children, we consent to the limitation of the different ways to express ourselves that we were born with. With my text, I want the reader to reflect over things that might otherwise have been unthought-of.

The essay is a story that draws on my own experiences. I have during many years worked with eurhythmics groups in preschool and have been able to follow a positive development in the children whom have participated in my eurhythmics sessions. Yet, I have been experiencing a resistance from some pedagogues, which takes away the children’s opportunity to participate. Moreover, I have gained knowledge of the subject matter by having conversations with people who have long experience with working with children and eurhythmics/music. I have, during the process of writing, many of my thoughts confirmed; such as eurhythmics being one of the hundred languages Loris Malaguzzi talks about and how it is being jeopardized if not given attention and stimulation. By the help of literature, I have reflected over the subject and myself and my actions.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
Eurhythmics, early education, movement, music, devotion attitude, corporeality, holistic view
Keyword [sv]
Rytmik, förskolepedagogik, rörelse, musik, engagemang, förhållningssätt, kroppslighet, helhetssyn
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:sh:diva-16866OAI: diva2:543188
Subject / course
Education Studies
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-08-20 Created: 2012-08-06 Last updated: 2012-08-20Bibliographically approved

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