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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 provide a platform for individuals to present their personal ideas and views on the direction and application of movement arts literacy and are about your creative application. They may be written in a "how I do it" format. Headings will vary from article to article. Those with asterisks are required: Introduction*, Relevant Literature or brief background information about literacy*, Stance of the Educator, Setting and Participants*, How you developed the Course/Unit/Lesson/Project, Description of Pedagogical Innovation*, Implementation/Application*, Expected Learning Outcomes*, Assessments; Lesson Plan/Project Application Description*, Teaching-Learning Reflections*, Challenges and Strengths, Relationship to National Dance Standards, Discussion/Conclusion*, Future Recommendations. Contributions should be about 4000 words. References should be included to support claims, assertions, and quotations. Please provide a Lesson Plan or Project Plan that summarizes the step-by-step guidelines for how to implement your approach. Contact Teresa Heiland, the Editor, if you need a sample Lesson Plan/Project Plan template at Theiland@LMU.edu.

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.