Aims & Scope

Journal of Movement Arts Literacy informs the international movement arts literacy communities of the latest inquiry in pedagogy, theory, application, practice, and research of human movement having literacy as a tool to investigate, analyze, or frame understanding. This forum encourages practitioners, theorists, and researchers to test hypothetical and theoretical premises and share their ideas and discoveries for the benefit of the movement literacy community.

For purposes of this journal, the term movement literacy has a broad multi-dimensional meaning that supports the exchange of text/symbolic–based information about movement. As much as embodied knowing differs from other ways of knowing, movement literacy is not just about re-presenting movement in text/symbolic–based forms, but it involves the art and science of knowing, making meaning, understanding, and communicating about human movement. Movement literacy involves the embodied experience and a set of cognitive skills of reading (i.e. interpreting, reflecting on, interrogating, theorizing, investigating, exploring, probing, and questioning) and writing (i.e. acting on and dialogically transforming) the world of movement arts and the applied practices and situated applications of active, broad-based processes of creating and interpreting in order to communicate qualitative and quantitative analysis of human movement arts.

The outcome goal of the Journal of Movement Arts Literacy is to provide a venue of critical reflection for communities of practice toward further understanding and development of theory and praxis.

FEATURE ARTICLES – These papers must be original research of international relevance and include a clear research methodology and/or application and analysis of movement arts literacy. Papers should be aimed to not exceed 8000 words, including References. Standard headings should be used for the type of paper being submitted. For qualitative research, use these headings: Introduction, Literature Review (or) Theory Perspective, Research Design and Method, Findings, Discussion, Conclusion, Appendices, and References. For quantitative research, use these headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Literature Cited, Appendices, and References.

FORUM ARTICLES – Forum articles stimulate debate in the movement arts literacy community. They should be short contributions up to 4000 words offering conceptual advice, opinion, or response to previous articles, or identifying gaps in knowledge. We welcome items that develop dialogue between theory and practice. The Journal encourages forum contributions organized around a cogent theme. For Forum Articles, use these headings: Introduction, Contexts (literature review, theory perspective, policy issues), Research Design (observation, focus group, data analysis, etc.), Findings, Discussion, Conclusion, Recommendations for Future Research, and References.

PRACTITIONER'S PERSPECTIVE – These articles aim to bridge the gap between research and the actual practice of movement arts literacy. They provide a platform for individuals to present their personal views on the direction and application of movement arts literacy. Be sure to present a thorough review of a procedure or practice, including a review of related literature and background information explained in sufficient detail to allow readers to apply the information. These articles may be written in a "how I do it" format. References must be included to support claims, assertions, and quotations. Headings will vary from article to article, and those with asterisks are highly recommended: Introduction*; Background Information or Relevant Literature*; Stance of the Educator*; Setting and Participants*; Developing the Course/Unit/Lesson; Pedagogical Innovation, Implementation, or Application*; Expected Learning Outcomes*; Assessments; Challenges and Strengths*; Education as Practice or Education as Heritage; Teaching-Learning Reflections*; Relating Outcomes to Theory*; Future Recommendations*; Discussion/Conclusion*. Contributions should be about 4000 words.

UNDERGRADUATE ARTICLES – These high quality papers are similar to Feature Articles, but the editors encourage undergraduates to submit work that reflects inquiry into research and reflective practices being explored by developing scholars in the nascent stages of their writing endeavors.

BOOK/SCORE/ONLINE SOURCE REVIEWS – Book/Score/Online Source reviews are assigned by the Editor, but individuals wishing to review a particular source may submit an inquiry to the Editor. The heading should include name of author(s) or editor(s), Book/Score/Online Source title (italicized), place of publication, name of publisher, year of publication, number of pages, cloth/paperbound/online, and price. Reviews should be scholarly in orientation, and approximately 1200 to 1500 words in length.