THE EXPLORATION OF THE LEVEL OF PEDAGOGICAL UNIVERSITY STUDENTS’ MOTIVATION FOR USING AESTHETIC THERAPY
The article deals with the experimental study of the motivational level of prospective teachers’ readiness to use psychological and pedagogical potential of the aesthetic-therapeutic component in their professional activities. The relevance of the introduction of aesthetic-therapeutic component in pedagogical activity is primarily associated with the strengthening and approval of a new role of a teacher of the New Ukrainian School – not only as a vessel for information and a knowledge transfer, but also as a coach, facilitator, tutor, moderator in individual educational trajectory of a child. In the study, we consider humanistic aesthetic therapy as a branch of psychological and pedagogical knowledge about the methods and means of creating a psychologically comfortable atmosphere by activating the emotional-sensory sphere of a child’s personality and offering children an opportunity to express themselves in various creative activities. An important requirement for the use of aesthetic therapy in primary school is motivation of prospective teachers for this activity, understanding and awareness of the need to create a special educational environment by means of esthetic-therapeutic effect. The aim of the study was to explore the level of motivation of students’ readiness for aesthetic therapy activity by the following indexes: the development of positive motivation for professional activity; students’ awareness of the usefulness and necessity of application of aesthetic therapy in primary school; students’ professional interest and desire to apply aesthetic-therapeutic tools to influence primary pupils. The data analysis revealed availability of aiming at humanization of primary education, understanding the need to activate emotional sphere of pupils by using fairy tale therapy, art therapy, music therapy for the purpose of development of cognitive activity, and also availability of interest and desire to introduce modern innovative technologies of aesthetic therapy in their work with primary pupils.
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