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Establishing observer reliability in the context of dance performance assessment.
Proceedings of the Congress of the International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP). (2010)
  • Aspasia Dania
  • Maria Koutsouba
  • Dimitrios Hatziharistos
  • Vasiliki Tyrovola
Abstract
In the context of dance education, either as part of physical education or on its own, the assessment of dance performance is used as a benchmark of the students’ progress. Although reliability is a critical feature of this process, the majority of research projects are restricted in the lining up of reliability statistical indexes without giving guidelines for its establishment through sound training of the judges. The aim of the present paper is the presentation of the major issues and procedures of the judges’ training and reliability in a research project assessing the performance of Greek traditional dancers. The research project was conducted with the voluntary participation of four university dance students of the Faculty of Physical Education and Sport Science, University of Athens, Greece, who were first video-recorded, and then observed and assessed by two judges during the performance of the dance “karsilamas Aise”. The methodological design included special training sessions of the judges regarding the functional definitions of the assessment categories and criteria (Hawkins, 1982), as well as the ways of observation and recording (Kazdin, 1977; Reid, 1982). The results proved that the actual training of observers whose task is to employ and apply recording techniques in dance is of major importance in the development of valid and reliable assessment instruments.
Keywords
  • dance assessment,
  • observer,
  • reliability
Publication Date
2010
Citation Information
Aspasia Dania, Maria Koutsouba, Dimitrios Hatziharistos and Vasiliki Tyrovola. "Establishing observer reliability in the context of dance performance assessment." Proceedings of the Congress of the International Association of Physical Education in Higher Education (AIESEP). (2010)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/aspasia_dania/3/