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ERIC Number: EJ830259
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 20
ISSN: ISSN-1357-3322
Neither Flower Child nor "Artiste" Be: Aesthetics, Ability and Physical Education
Gard, Michael
Sport, Education and Society, v11 n3 p231-241 Aug 2006
This paper examines the meaning of ability in the context of dance education, in part, via the lens of aesthetic education, a reasonably well-developed body of ideas, and asks what it means to be "aesthetically able". While aesthetic education tends to focus on aesthetic appreciation, it does also deal with a person's capacity to respond to the world in aesthetic ways. But as well as trying to clarify what ability might mean from an aesthetic point of view, this paper also engages with Evans' (2004) agenda setting paper in which he challenges the field of physical education to refocus discussion on the ways we conceptualise ability and, by extension, how our educational practices are shaped by our ideas about ability. For aesthetics and dance, I take this as a challenge to think about whether "aesthetic ability" is valued in physical education and what kinds of abilities or (as Evans might say) "capital" are privileged in different approaches to teaching dance and physical education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada