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ERIC Number: EJ1112871
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 23
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2375-804X
The Play's the Thing: Embodying Moments of Integration Live, on Stage
Sandoval, Patricia G.; Mino, Jack J.
Learning Communities: Research & Practice, v1 n2 Article 2 2013
This study of an interdisciplinary learning community at Holyoke Community College, which combined adolescent psychology and theater, attempts to show that "embodied learning" is not only a valid means of knowledge production and integrative learning but can also function as a gateway to deeper integration of course material. The authors document instances of embodied learning with thick descriptions of student work derived from samples of student writing, presentations, seminaring, videotaped performances, and student self/peer assessments. While the findings reveal students were engaged in integrative learning of an embodied kind, the crucial intermediate steps such as improvisations and rehearsals that set the stage for embodiment were not documented. The authors conclude there is much to learn about the integrative function of embodied learning by examining everyday classroom transactions on the way to the final performance.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Two Year Colleges; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Massachusetts
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