ERIC Number: EJ810289
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 30
Learning through the Body
Freiler, Tammy J.
New Directions for Adult and Continuing Education, n119 p37-47 Fall 2008
In the tragic aftermath of the December 2004 tsunami off the coast of Thailand, a group of nomads known as the Moken village sea gypsies were featured in an investigative report for their high rate of survival along with the animal population (Simon, 2005). In seeking to discover why this particular group of people survived when so many others had perished, the report uncovered a felt, perceptive sense of the Mokens' lived body experiences with their environment that enabled them to recognize and interpret the signs of the sea and responses of living things to environmental nuances as precursors of the impending tsunami. Being perceptively attuned to their environment, the Mokens inhabit and experience their world in a way of knowing rooted in their survival that could indicate they make use of what is sometimes referred to as embodied knowing, or embodiment. Although turning to the Mokens' experiences offers initial insights on embodiment, this chapter contributes to a broader understanding of embodiment as a way of knowing, first by explaining how embodiment is conceptualized in the literature, then by describing how experiences of embodiment can be incorporated in learning, and finally by explaining the implications of embodiment and learning related to theory and practice.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Natural Disasters, Weather, Physical Environment, Human Body, Sensory Experience, Intuition, Perception, Ecology, Holistic Approach, Action Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Adult Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Thailand