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Somatic movement and education: a phenomenological study of young children's perceptions, expressions and reflections of embodiment through movement

Leigh, Jennifer (2012)
Ph.D. thesis, University of Birmingham.

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This reflexive account is of a phenomenological study that took place over two years. It explores how a group of primary-aged children perceive, express and reflect on their embodiment through movement. Children aged between four and eleven took part in sessions of yoga, somatic movement and developmental play during the school day. The data include field notes, observations, a reflexive journal, photographs of and by the children, their drawings, mark-makings, writing and posters. Children were also interviewed at the end of the study, when they had an opportunity to reflect on all their work and experiences. All the children were capable of expressing and reflecting on their experiences, and the oldest children in particular appeared to enjoy and seemed to benefit from the reflective process. By linking together a sense of self-awareness and reflection, the children appeared able to gain insight into their embodied experience and reflect on emotions, feelings and events. Embodiment is a process as much of a state of being, and as such has implications for perceptions of mind and body, learning, and reflective practice. This approach to embodied reflective practice thus has potential for educators, and teacher trainers as well as direct work with children.

Type of Work:Ph.D. thesis.
Supervisor(s):Bailey, Richard and Dagkas, Symeon
School/Faculty:Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Social Sciences
Department:School of Education
Subjects:BF Psychology
BH Aesthetics
GV Recreation Leisure
LB1501 Primary Education
LC Special aspects of education
Institution:University of Birmingham
ID Code:3479
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