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An Investigation on Establishing Professional Competency Indicators for Somatic Movement Education Instructor
Analytic Hierarchy Process
For the development of training Somatic Movement Education Instructor in Taiwan, it is so important to establish a set of competence indicators as the basis for the professional abilities of somatic movement education instructors. Nowadays, Somatics study is gradually widely used in many different areas, so the further study about the professional competence to create the standard of somatic movement education instructors’ professional ability indicator is required in Taiwan. It can provide a guide to the establishment of indicators for training system, and also for somatic movement education instructors’ self-evaluation and self-growth by following the standard. The purpose of this study was to construct the professional competence indicators for training somatic movement education instructors in Taiwan. Through the literature analysis and semi-structured interviews with 10 senior and experienced somatic educators in USA, the framework of somatic movement education professional ability was constructed for the first part of research. Followed by the Delphi method and Analytic Hierarchy Process from 10 experts and scholars in Taiwan, two rounds of the questionnaire were executed, and the consensus agreement of those experts were collected in order to build the somatic movement education professional ability indicators. Research results showed： the professional competency indicators for somatic movement education instructor was established as the final result. There were three dimensions for the first level analysis, eight perspectives for the second level analysis, and 42 indexes for the third level analysis. As to the evaluation of importance, the most important dimension for the first level was professional skill; the most important perspective was themovement operation for the second level analysis; and for the third level analysis, the most important abilities were the knowledge of physiological anatomy, the concept of Somatics, and philosophic idea about body. In the professional abilities, self-awareness, expression of different movement qualities and the abilities of asking questions and providing constructive suggestions were the first three indexes. In the professional attitude, the professional ethics and self-continuous education were the first two indexes.
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