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Alison Leonard

Associate Professor of Arts and Creativity

Office: 409 A Gantt Circle
Phone: 864-656-5117
Email: aleona2@clemson.edu
Vita: Click Here
Website: https://www.clemson.edu/education/arts-creativity-lab/index.html

Educational Background

Ph.D. Curriculum & Instruction
University of Wisconsin-Madison 2012

M.A. Performance Studies
New York University 2006

B.I.S Anthropology, Dance, & Spanish
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities 2003

Profile

Alison Leonard's current research focuses on exploring how the arts in education and teacher education, primarily dance's role and its possibilities in schools.

Selected publications:

Leonard, A. E. & Bannister, N. (March 2018). Dancing our way to geometric transformations. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle School, 23(5): 258-
267.

Leonard, A. E., & Odutola, A. O. (2016) “I Am Artistic”: Mixed Method Case Study Research of Preservice Generalists’ Perceptions of Arts in Education. Studies in Art Education, 57(3): 279-299.

Leonard, A. E., Dsouza, N., Babu, S. B., Daily, S. B., Jörg, S., Waddell, C., Parmar, D., Gundersen, K., Gestring, J., & Boggs, K. (2015). Embodying and programming a "constellation" of multimodal literacy practices: Computational thinking, creative movement, biology, & virtual environment interactions. Journal of Language and Literacy Education, 11(2), 64-93.

Leonard, A. E., Hall, A. H., & Herro, D. (2015). Dancing literacy: Expanding children’s and teachers’ literacy repertoires through embodied knowing. Journal of Early Childhood Literacy, 0(0) 1–23. DOI: 10.1177/1468798415588985

Leonard, A. E. (2014) Democratic bodies: Exemplary practice and democratic education in a K-5 dance residency. Journal of Dance Education, 14(1).

Courses Taught

EDEL 3100: Arts in the Elementary School
ED 9030: Introductory Doctoral Seminar I
EDF 9740: Emerging Qualitative Research Methods & Design
ED 3970 010: Creative Inquiry
ED 4990 Honors Capstone
ED 9910: Doctoral Dissertation Research
ED 9940: Directed Research

Research Interests

Arts in education
Teacher education
Social justice and inclusion
Dance and embodied forms of inquiry in education

Links

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