ERIC Number: EJ1066966
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Aug
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
"I Know Down to My Ribs": A Narrative Research Study on the Embodied Adult Learning of Creative Writers
Tobin, Jennifer A.; Tisdell, Elizabeth J.
Adult Education Quarterly: A Journal of Research and Theory, v65 n3 p215-231 Aug 2015
This article reports the findings of a qualitative study that used narrative analysis to explore the role of embodied learning in the writing processes of creative writers. From a theoretical framework that draws on Merleau-Ponty's philosophy of the body, Gendlin's concepts of felt sense and focusing, and Jordi's analysis of reflection for integrating mind and body, this study highlights one participant's narrative and then discusses primary themes that emerged across narratives. Findings revealed a history of encouragement to write, writing that was used for healing, and an expanded sense of body awareness that encouraged flow in the writing process.
Descriptors: Adult Learning, Creative Writing, Personal Narratives, Qualitative Research, Writing Processes, Human Body, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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