Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Art in Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling (MA)


Creative Arts Therapies

First Advisor

Downey, Laura


early childhood, Kestenberg Movement Profile


Using the action research methodology, the purpose of my project was to develop transition tools based on the Kestenberg Movement Profile (KMP) tension flow attributes (TFA) that could improve the working relationship between preschool children and their teachers during specific transition times in their daily routine. The data collection, via videotape, written observation, discussions with the teachers, and the data analysis was an ongoing process from the beginning of the study until each plan had been put into practice for a few weeks. I analyzed each of the videotapes, my written observations, and the ideas discussed in meetings with the other two teachers. The teachers and I collaborated to create new transition plans for the transitions from lunch to nap and from play to clean-up. Then we implemented them into the daily classroom schedule. The results of the new transition plans are presented in a separate film documentary illustrating the sequence of events. The film includes a visual representation of TFA, a reenactment of pre and post research project, and some tips on how to recreate this project if so desired. In conclusion there is a brief description of how this project is relevant to the field of dance/movement therapy and counseling and the field of early childhood education.


Includes VHS video.

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