|Title||Historiography of Dance Research on the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s (AAHPERD) Annual Program, 1965-2014|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Authors||Cardinal, M, Cardinal, BJ|
|Journal||Dance: Current Selected Research|
For 50 years (1965-2014) peer-reviewed research on the Research Consortium of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance’s (AAHPERD) annual program was published in abstract form in Abstracts of Research Papers (1965-1991) or the annual abstract supplemental issue of Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport (1992-2014). Given organizational restructuring that has occurred since 2014, the purpose of this study is to represent and preserve the history of dance scholarship within the Research Consortium for posterity. Following the historiographic paradigm and supported by content analysis methodology, dance research is described over this five decade time period. There were a total of 232 dance research abstracts published, with the peak 10-year interval being 1985-1994. There were 317 unique abstract authors/coauthors representing 153 unique institutions. Representing nearly twothirds of the abstracts, dance education and dance science/health were the most frequent overarching topics; the majority of studies were aimed at a dancespecific audience, using non-experimental/descriptive research designs, and a balanced blend of qualitative and quantitative methods. Representative research topics are summarized in tabular format, as are the most visible dance researchers and institutions. This study demonstrates the vast contributions dance scholars have made within the Research Consortium toward advancing dance as a discipline in and of itself, as well as its contributions to other sub-disciplinary areas within AAHPERD. Apparent in this work is the depth, breadth, and meanings of dance as more than “just” a physical activity.