Lobo, Y. B., & Winsler, A. (2006). The effects of a creative dance and movement program. Social Development, 15(3), 501-519.
Reviewed by Angela Barker
Silver Lake College
The purpose of this study by Lobo and Winsler was to investigate the effectiveness of an early childhood dance and movement curriculum on the social skills and behavior problems of a diverse group of preschoolers at an urban area Head Start program. Whereas numerous studies have corroborated the benefits of creative movement and dance for children, this inquiry is unique in that the researchers employed rigorous scientific strategies to collect, analyze, and verify relevant data supporting their hypothesis.
Lobo and Winsler cite several studies that have examined the development of social competence in the preschool years and the contexts through which it occurs (Bukowski, Newcomb & Hartup, 1996; Calkins, 1994;…