Moving lessons: teaching sociology through embodied learning in the HE classroom

Channon, A., Matthews, C.R. ORCID: 0000-0001-8561-2863 and Khomutova, A., 2018. Moving lessons: teaching sociology through embodied learning in the HE classroom. In: C.R. Matthews ORCID: 0000-0001-8561-2863, U. Edgington and A. Channon, eds., Teaching with sociological imagination in higher and further education: contexts, pedagogies, reflections. Singapore: Springer, pp. 135-151. ISBN 9789811067242

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This chapter outlines an approach to classroom teaching that makes use of physical movement alongside more traditional lecturing methods when delivering lessons on abstract theoretical material. It develops the notion of embodied learning as a 'physical metaphor', outlining some examples of this practice that we have used in our recent work with a class of first year undergraduates. We argue that conceptualising students as embodied subjects, whose capacity to learn extends through and beyond their physical selves, educators are able to enhance classroom delivery by diversifying teaching activities and creating opportunities for enjoyable and memorable learning experiences. We advocate the reflexive, contextually-sensitive and level-
appropriate use of this method, arguing that despite some limitations it can animate students' understanding of academic ideas in uniquely personalised ways.

Item Type: Chapter in book
Creators: Channon, A., Matthews, C.R. and Khomutova, A.
Publisher: Springer
Place of Publication: Singapore
Date: 2018
ISBN: 9789811067242
Divisions: Schools > School of Science and Technology
Record created by: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 15 Mar 2018 11:17
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2018 11:17
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