The purpose of this study is to clear the tendency and problem of dance studies to survey
the past relational studies published in magazines of higher educational organization from
1950's to 2000's in Japan. In this work, all studies were looked up in NII scholarly and academic
The result of this study may be summarized as follows.
① According to the classified list of dance studies designed by Prof. KATAOKA Yasuko,
all studies were classified. The result of classification made two characteristic tendencies
cleared. One is the gradual extension of field on dance studies. From 1950's to 1960's dance
studies were leaded by studies in dance education, dance arts, dance presentation and so on.
Since 1970's dance studies were extended to studies in dance history, dance sociology, dance
anthropology, and dance psychology. The other is the large in quantity of studies in dance
education. Especially the latter characteristic is remarkable in dance studies because studies
in dance education have always been the nucleus of dance studies.
② To clear the problem of dance studies, this study attended to studies in dance education on
school physical education. According to the classified list of studies in pedagogy of physical
education designed by Prof. TAKAHASHI Takeo, relational studies were classified. Prof.
TAKAHASHI classified studies in pedagogy of physical education by practical studies,
theoretical studies, and fundamental studies. As a result of classification, the amount of
practical studies was ranked first, fundamental studies were ranked second, and theoretical
studies were ranked third. In the classified list of studies in pedagogy of physical education,
theoretical studies have a role of mediation between practical studies and fundamental
studies. It could be considered that the small in quantity of theoretical studies indicate the
lack of consistency on studies in dance education on school physical education. Therefore
the accumulation of theoretical studies was brought forward as a problem on dance studies.