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Aesthetic experience as an aspect of embodied learning: stories from physical education student teachers
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences. (SMED - Studies of Meaning-making in Educational Discourses, RISPA)
Gymnastik och idrottshögskolan, Stockholm.
2009 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243, Vol. 14, no 3, 265-279 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this article we explore aesthetic experience as an aspect of embodied learning with focus on the moving body. Our theoretical framework is mainly based on the work of John Dewey. In the first part of the article we identify our understanding of central concepts and draw some lines to their implication for physical education (PE). In the second part we then use the theoretical framework in an empirical study inspired by the tradition of pragmatism. The aim is to study how physical education student teachers (PETE students) feel when participating in ball game, and how their feelings are related to the moving activity. Empirical data were mainly generated through observations from two ball game lessons and stories written by 16 PETE students. All stories were subjected to a categorical analysis of content. After analysing the empirical material, four categories emerged built on two pair of words: familiar or unfamiliar, and pleased or displeased. In the discussing section of this article, we put forward that moving activities in PE often are regarded as being technical or instrumental. By using an aesthetic perspective on embodied learning, however, we can go beyond that impression and show other dimensions of participation in ball game. It may become an important shift from exploring performance only to studying learning connected to feelings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Routledge, 2009. Vol. 14, no 3, 265-279 p.
Keyword [en]
Bodily learning; Embodied learning; Aesthetic experience; Physical education; Teacher education; Stories
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-8778DOI: 10.1080/13573320903037622ISI: 000267668100001Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-70349884336OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-8778DiVA: diva2:281337
Available from: 2009-12-15 Created: 2009-12-15 Last updated: 2017-03-15Bibliographically approved
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1. Idrottsutövandets estetik: en narrativ studie om meningsskapande och lärande
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Idrottsutövandets estetik: en narrativ studie om meningsskapande och lärande
2012 (Swedish)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

The overall interest of this thesis is to explore aesthetic experience in sport and its significance for learning in sport. The main purpose is to contribute to a theoretical and methodological development of studies relating to learning in sport. The exploration is undertaken within the field of pragmatism using the works of John Dewey and Ludwig Wittgenstein. The exploration consists of four case studies, consisting mainly of narrative analyses of people’s written stories of participating in different sporting activities. A practical epistemology analysis (PEA) with a focus on aesthetic experience is used in three of the studies. The theoretical contribution comprises exploring learning in sport as something that is connected to emotions and perceptions, where other elements of experience, such as the social, cultural, historical, physical and mental aspects, are also important. Examining learning in the light of aesthetic experience contributes to an examination of emotion s and perceptions as integral parts of sport, without reducing learning to only consisting of emotions and perceptions. The results of the study also contribute to the possibility of exploring values in sport-related learning and shed light on the importance of habits (feelings of familiarity) when learning sport. How people ‘bodying’ the world aesthetically as part of their participation in sport has also been shown in one of the studies. The methodological contributions of the thesis consist of the development of PEA to include the examination of written texts. Furthermore, one of the studies includes the development of aesthetic events as a tool for exploring aesthetic experience in sport. Finally, a methodological contribution is made by using PEA to examine sport, since in the past PEA has only been used in studies in science education.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2012. 166 p.
Series
Örebro Studies in Sport Sciences, ISSN 1654-7535 ; 15
Keyword
Aesthetic experience, sport, meaning-making, learning, stories, narrative research, practical epistemology analysis, pragmatism
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-20405 (URN)978-91-7668-845-8 (ISBN)
Public defence
2012-01-27, Hörsal G, Örebro universitet, Fakultetsgatan 1, Örebro, 13:15
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Available from: 2011-11-21 Created: 2011-11-21 Last updated: 2016-08-09Bibliographically approved

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