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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.
2015 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243, Vol. 20, no 6, 722-740 p.Article 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 and methodology that can deal with the corporeal aspects of experience and knowledge without adopting any form of dualistic conceptions of body/mind and organism/environment. This article connects to this body of research. The purpose is to first present a synthesis of James' radical empiricism, 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 background of 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 research into 'body pedagogics' has to deal with. We use an empirical example of dinghy sailing to create knowledge about what we learn when learning embodied knowledge, and how this learning takes place. We argue that experience is an important concept for understanding the acting knowing human being, describing how experience is organized and developed and outlining how this organization can be understood as learning. We hold that situations where someone learns to embody certain knowledge are cases of overt actions, in which we can see what kinds of relations are created and how these relations become meaningful for further action.

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2015. Vol. 20, no 6, 722-740 p.
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Experience, Sailing, Body Pedagogics, Radical Empiricism, Video Analysis, Learning, Body Techniques, Transaction
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Educational Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-257619DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2013.802684ISI: 000356276200003OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-257619DiVA: diva2:841028
Available from: 2015-07-10 Created: 2015-07-06 Last updated: 2015-07-10Bibliographically approved

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