Dance? I Can’t Dance!

Tim O. Peterson, Professor of Management has co-authored a paper titled, “Dance? I Can’t Dance! Developing an Understanding of Mental Models Through Line Dancing”. The paper was published in Management Teaching Review, which is a publication of OBTC Teaching Society for Management Educators and SAGE. Tim has a line of research in management education. This paper is one of several that he has published in the management education domain.

Dance? I Can’t Dance! Developing an Understanding of Mental Models Through Line Dancing

Abstract:

Mental models guide our attitudes and direct our actions. Senge defined a mental model as a deeply ingrained set of assumptions, generalizations, or images that influence how we understand and respond to the world around us. Line dancing is an example of a process that includes many types of mental models. In fact, each dance is a mental model of its own. In addition, we each come to dancing with our own mental models about dancing and our self-concept. In this article, we share experiences of using line dances in classes as a way to help students be engaged while learning about a complex topic. Three sets of supplemental materials are included: (a) music suggestions, video links, and steps to help teach each dance; (b) suggestions to apply line dancing in various business courses; and (c) reflections on dance and mental models by the instructors.

For full article, please see: http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full/10.1177/2379298116663170 


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