Nurturing Creativity Through Traditional Dance for Indigenous Students with Learning Disabilities
The possibilities of nurturing creativity for students with learning disabilities (LD) are limitless. Providing access to students with LD to venture in the elements of creativity through traditional dance allows them the opportunity to improve their self-confidence, express their thoughts and ideas to others and the chance to receive feedback in order to continue improving themselves, their knowledge and skills. In some primary schools in Malaysia, traditional dance has been introduced as an element of music education and extracurricular activities in order to encourage creative learning and participation among students; however, it is found that there is a significant discrepancy in the levels of exposures and opportunities among students with special needs, specifically for indigenous students with LD. School is reviewed as the place for indigenous students with LD to inculcate creativity, explore on new tasks, and preparation for future roles in the society. In this qualitative case study, semi-structured interviews were conducted with the school Principal, senior assistants and two Special Educational Needs teachers from a public primary school located in Bera, a district in Malaysia state of Pahang, to explore on how creativity of indigenous students with LD is nurtured through traditional dance. This study focuses on the following two research questions. Firstly, how is creativity nurtured for indigenous students with LD through traditional dance? Secondly, how has traditional dance affected the indigenous students with LD? From this study, suggestions to encourage more schools to adapt to traditional dance as a tool to encourage creative participation of students with disabilities were also discussed. Therefore, this study increases the literature on creative learning for indigenous students with LD by providing evidence obtained from the exposure of traditional dance as an activity leading to new knowledge and a better understanding on how this help nurture creativity.
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