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Empowering Dance - Developing Soft Skills (2018 - 2020)

References in text

De Spain, Kent (2014) Landscape of the Now: A topography of movement improvisation, Oxford: Oxford University Press

Ginwright, Shawn A. (2022) The Four Pivots: Reimagining justice, reimagining ourselves, Huichin, unceded Ohlone Land (aka Berekley, California): North Atlantic Books

Lerman, Liz (2011) Hiking the Horizontal: Field notes from a choreographer, Middletown CT: Wesleyan University Press

Matarasso, François (2019) A Restless Art: How participation won, and why it matters, London: Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation

Soft skills reports

European Commission (2019) Key Competences for Lifelong Learning, doi:10.2766/569540.

European Commission - Directorate-General for Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion (2021) European Skills, Competences and Occupations classification Annual Report 2020.

Kautz T., Heckman J. J., Diris R., Weel B., Borghans L. (2014) Fostering and Measuring Skills: Improving Cognitive and Non-Cognitive Skills to Promote Lifetime Success.

Hoskins B., Liu L. (2019) Measuring Life Skills in the context of Life Skills and Citizenship Education in the Middle East and North Africa. Unicef.

Macias E. F., Sostero M. (2019) A unified conceptual framework of tasks, skills and competences.

OECD (2018) Positioning Paper. The future of education and skills Education 2030

OECD (2019) Future of Education and Skills 2030 OECD Learning Compass 2030. A Series of Concept Notes.

Sánchez Puerta M. L., Valerio A., Gutiérrez Bernal M. (2016) Taking Stock of Programs to Develop Socioemotional Skills A Systematic Review of Program Evidence.

Skills4U (2017) Trans-European framework for Core personal skills. Core Skills for 21st Century Professionals 2017-1-ES01-KA203-038589. Intellectual Output 1.

CASEL Framework
SEL (Social and emotional learning) framework, known to many as the “CASEL wheel,” helps cultivate skills and environments that advance students’ learning and development.

The eLene4work European project is tackling the definition of soft skills and proposes a series of actions and practical tools to help people better understand the expectations of employers, to assess their own level of competency and to further develop these skills through open education initiatives such as MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and OERs (Open Educational Resources).
Moving into Soft Skills offers a framework for working and developing Soft Skills through embodied, somatic and movement practices.

IBE Glossary of Curriculum Terminology, UNESCO International Bureau of Education

OECD (2018) PISA Global Competencies Framework
PISA is the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment. PISA measures 15-year-olds’ ability to use their reading, mathematics and science knowledge and skills to meet real-life challenges.

OECD Future of Education and Skills 2030
Recognising the urgent need to open a global discussion about education, in 2015 the OECD launched the Future of Education and Skills 2030 project. The project aims to set goals and develop a common language for teaching and learning.

SkillsMatch Project
The project develops a prototype for recommending to the users how they can adapt their non-cognitive skills to the demands of the market.

Here is some additional material that addresses the unique relationship between dance and a few soft skills in particular:

Active Listening
Enghauser R. (2007) Developing Listening Bodies in the Dance Technique Class.

Schwender T.M., Spengler s., Oedl C. and Mess F. (2018) Effects of Dance Interventions on Aspects of the Participants' Self: A Systematic Review.

Taking Care
Stuart Fisher, Amanda & Thompson, James (eds.) (2020) Performing Care: New perspectives on socially engaged performance. Manchester: Manchester University Press.

White, Mike (2009) Arts Development in Community Health: A social tonic, Abingdon: Radcliffe Publishing.

Stress Management
Hanna J. (2019) Dancing to resist, reduce and escape stress in Karkou V., Sue O. and Lycouris S. The Oxford Handbook of Dance and Wellbeing, Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, 2017. Pp. 97-112

Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
Caspersen, Dana (2017) Changing the Conversation: The seventeen principles of conflict resolution. Penguin

Caspersen, Dana (2022):
A list of selected youtube videos, interviews and articles by Dana Caspersen on conflict resolution.

Alexander N. M. LeBaron M. (2013) Building Kinesthetic Intelligence: Dance in Conflict-Resolution Education In The Choreography of Resolution: Conflict, Movement, and Neuroscience.

Tools to use online for developing soft skills conversations 
These are free to use online tools that may be useful for conversations, note making and data collecting, particularly if your dance activity is online.

Resources for developing your community engaged practice

Amans, Diane. (ed.) (2017) An Introduction to Community Dance Practice, London: Palgrave.

Burridge, Stephanie and Nielsen, Charlotte Svendler (eds.) (2018) Dance, Access and Inclusion: perspectives on dance, young people and change, London: Routledge.

Kuppers, Petra. (2007) Community Performance: an introduction, Abingdon: Routledge.