An innovative film project aiming to engage Psychology students through dance is currently creating a storm in academic circles.
The films, a collaboration between artists and academics, acheived approximately 15,000 hits within its first week of release. The four short films use dance to visualise statistical concepts used in Psychology degree courses across the country.
The unique films have been designed to guide a non-dance trained audience through attending to carefully composed choreographies that demonstrate fundamental statistical concepts.
A team of dance professionals – choreographer, Masha Gurina, and filmmaker, Kyle Stevenson, together with 10 dancers – provided the artistic vision, while the UK’s leading psychology statistician, Prof. Andy Field, and Research Methods lecturer, Lucy Irving, guided the statistical side of the project.
Lucy, who Founded the project, says: “Statistics at degree level are complex and exciting at best, dull and insufferable at worst. Students often think of them as a ‘dark art’, therefore they can be challenging to teach. I wanted to find an engaging and fun way to present material which is dreaded by so many”.
Elise Phillips, Project Manager, says “This project is unique in that it has not just used the complex intellectual concepts as starting points for a creative process. It uses creativity with the clarity and specificity necessary to actually teach the concept it started from.”
The project attracted funding from British Psychological Society’s Public Engagement Grant and IdeasTap’s IdeasFund. The films are available from the BPS’s official YouTube channel: http://bit.ly/1auB5sm. You can follow the discussion on Twitter (#dancingstatistics).