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Raising the curtain : exploring dancers' perceptions of obligation through the psychological contract lens

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by A Stanway, S Bordia, Erich FeinErich Fein
The current study takes an exploratory approach to investigate which situational factors influence perceptions of psychological contracts, as well as the content that comprises psychological contracts in the dance training industry. Semi-structured interviews(n = 10) were conducted with students enrolled in a higher education institution in Australia. Results indicated that intending dancers take several factors into consideration when contemplating a professional dance career: natural progression of skill, employment opportunities, location, and peer recommendation. In addition, intending dancers have several perceived institutional obligations: skill development, quality of teachers and training, and networking opportunities. The current article adds novel insights to dance education literature by considering the trainee–institution relationship through the psychological contract lens. It is anticipated that the findings will assist future research that seeks to incorporate student perceptions into dance curriculum development.

History

Volume

12

Issue

2-3

Start Page

254

End Page

267

Number of Pages

14

ISSN

1474-0222

Location

United Kingdom

Publisher

Sage

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Australian National University, Australia; Edith Cowan University; TBA Research Institute;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Arts and humanities in higher education : an international journal of theory, research and practice.

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