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Skating in a life context: examining the significance of aesthetic experience in sport using practical epistemology analysis
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences. (SMED, RISPA)
2011 (English)In: Sport, Education and Society, ISSN 1357-3322, E-ISSN 1470-1243, Vol. 16, no 5, p. 613-628Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this article is to suggest and illustrate a methodological approach for studies of learning in physical education (PE) and sport pedagogy in order to investigate and clarify the relation between how people learn and the settings or context in which they learn. Drawing on the work of John Dewey, the later works of Ludwig Wittgenstein and socio-cultural approaches, a practical epistemology analysis (PEA) with a focus on aesthetic judgements is suggested as a way of developing a valuable approach for investigating situated learning. The approach is illustrated by an analysis of a biographical story written by the English author Jenny Diski. As can be seen from the illustration, the significance of aesthetic experience for learning is visible when an author tells us about skating as a child. By using PEA to examine aesthetic experience-operationalised through the aesthetic judgements the author includes in the story-we can shed light on the relation between the skater and the situation in which skating takes place. The fact that aesthetic judgements are used by the author normatively to decide what is to be included and excluded in skating, and also that aesthetic judgements are used to make relations between the skater and her life as a whole, facilitates an exploration of the relation between the sports learner and the life situation in which learning is situated.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. Vol. 16, no 5, p. 613-628
National Category
Sport and Fitness Sciences
Research subject
Sports Science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-18799DOI: 10.1080/13573322.2011.601141ISI: 000294206900004OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-18799DiVA, id: diva2:444506
Available from: 2011-09-29 Created: 2011-09-29 Last updated: 2017-12-08Bibliographically approved
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1. Idrottsutövandets estetik: en narrativ studie om meningsskapande och lärande
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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.

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Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2012. p. 166
Series
Örebro Studies in Sport Sciences, ISSN 1654-7535 ; 15
Keywords
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)
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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: 2017-10-17Bibliographically approved

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