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I am sailing: towards a transactional analysis of 'body techniques'
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Educational Sciences, Department of Education.
Institutionen för hälsovetenskap och medicin, Örebro universitet.
2013 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In recent years there has been a growing interest in questions related to embodiment and learning.Within the field of ‘body pedagogics’ great efforts have been made to develop theory andmethodology that can deal with the corporeal aspects of experience and knowledge withoutadopting any form of dualistic conceptions of body/mind and organism/environment. This articleconnects to this body of research. The purpose is to first present a synthesis of James’ radicalempiricism, Dewey’s transactional understanding of experience and learning and Marcel Mauss’concept of ‘body techniques’ and the notion of education embedded in it. Against the backgroundof this theoretical development, and with a Transactional Model of Analyzing Bodying (TMAB),we then show how we can analytically come to terms with different dualistic problems that researchinto ‘body pedagogics’ has to deal with. We use an empirical example of dinghy sailing to createknowledge about what we learn when learning embodied knowledge, and how this learning takesplace. We argue that experience is an important concept for understanding the acting knowinghuman being, describing how experience is organized and developed and outlining how thisorganization can be understood as learning. We hold that situations where someone learns toembody certain knowledge are cases of overt actions, in which we can see what kinds of relationsare created and how these relations become meaningful for further action.

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Keyword [en]
Experience; Body Pedagogics; Body Techniques; Learning; Transaction; Radical Empiricism; Sailing; Video Analysis
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Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219371OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-219371DiVA: diva2:699554
Available from: 2014-02-27 Created: 2014-02-27 Last updated: 2016-05-15
In thesis
1. Kroppsliggörande, erfarenhet och pedagogiska processer: en undersökning av lärande av kroppstekniker
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2014 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall aim of this thesis is to theoretically explore and empirically analyse practical embodied knowledge in educational settings. In accordance to this aim an approach of body pedagogics is used in combination with classical pragmatism, using foremost William James’ and John Dewey’s concepts of experience, meaning, inquiry and habit. In addition, these concepts are combined with an idea of reflexive body techniques.

A main focus lies on investigating the learning of body techniques in dinghy sailing by studying the process and the product of teaching and learning, the role of the instructor for sailors’ learning and the interplay between teaching and learning. The thesis entails three case studies consisting of video recordings of dinghy sailing, all using a combination of theoretical explorations and practical epistemology analysis (PEA). Empirical focus lies on how sailors grow into purposeful body techniques by taking the measure of their ongoing, continuous experience while coordinating their movements with the environment. The analyses show how understandings and bodily skills are simultaneously used in the educational situations where the dinghy sailors have to handle both the environment and various instructions given by the trainer. The result is presented through a descriptive model, comprising theoretical explorations and empirical analysis, through which it is possible to emphasise both the process and the content of the learning of body techniques. The methodological contribution of the thesis thus also consists of developed tools for analysing processes of body pedagogics at a micro level.


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Uppsala: Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, 2014. 110 p.
Digital Comprehensive Summaries of Uppsala Dissertations from the Faculty of Educational Sciences, 5
Experience, Body techniques, Body pedagogics, Learning, Meaning making, pragmatism, Sailing
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urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-219297 (URN)978-91-554-8891-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2014-04-11, Eva Netzelius, von Kraemers Allé 1A, Uppsala, 13:15 (Swedish)
Available from: 2014-03-20 Created: 2014-02-26 Last updated: 2014-04-29

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