ERIC Number: ED238851
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Eastern Thought and Movement Forms: Possible Implications for Western Sport and Physical Education.
Case, Robert W.
American sport stresses the outward aspects of participation such as outcomes, rewards, goals, and winning; Eastern thought and movement forms emphasize the inner and spiritual aspects of human movement such as self-realization, spontaneity, body awareness, and enlightenment. In relating Eastern thought and movement forms to Western sport, five themes are found to be repeated in the literature: (1) practical and utilitarian concerns; (2) hidden dimensions; (3) metaphysical (mind/body) concerns; (4) competition concerns; and (5) pedagogical concerns. A discussion and analysis of these concerns' implications for Western sport is presented. Two emerging trends are identified. The first is the "movement arts" trend which emphasizes the depth and fullness of human movement experiences and a subjective/qualitative understanding of the body in meaningful relation with the world. The second trend suggests that movement activities which emphasize self-awareness and self-expression will play an important role in coping with a high technology future. (JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Big Ten Body of Knowledge Symposium and Sport Philosophy Conference (Columbus, OH, October 13-15, 1983).