ISSN: 2222-8713
Volume 4, Number 2 (2014)
Changing higher education paradigms: Crafting new multidisciplinary educational programmes and policies through the arts
Jorge Luis Morejon
This study considers the implementation of the arts, particularly dance, across higher education curricula as a way to improve communication between fields of study and professional environments. Thus, the paper suggests the creation of ateliers, dance studios and/or multipurpose activity centres to allow the academic community, lecturers and students alike, to create a space for art, the humanities, science and technology to merge through collaborative projects. The study uses the art of dance as a theoretical basis to reflect upon the proposed changes in higher education paradigms in order to improve students' educational experience. The sources referenced allow for the examination of the data available on scientific research in the arts in relation to the Science of Learning. Based on the results of the comparative analysis of brain activation patterns, it might be suggested that a more effective network of cognitive processing takes place in the brain of the artist than in the brain of a regular human being. The study concludes that the arts and dance in particular, enhance learning, since the arts improve thinking ability, development of self-esteem and confidence and higher order skills as well as cognitive, affective, and kinaesthetic domains of learning.