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ERIC Number: EJ944203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 10
ISSN: ISSN-0033-6297
Kinesiology for Humans
Hawkins, Andrew
Quest, v63 n3 p250-264 Aug 2011
In this article, the author explores the question: What if the Hokey-Pokey is "really" what it's all about? He suggests that people would make the Hokey-Pokey the supreme object of their professional enterprise. Everything they would do would be centered on an analysis of, and engagement with, the Hokey-Pokey. It would be the ultimate focus of their professional lives. In fact every conceivable approach to the investigation and engagement with the Hokey-Pokey would be taken. Those approaches would span the traditional disciplinary lines. The author selects biomechanics and social-psychology as examples because, on the surface, they appear to be quite disparate disciplines. One is more in the domain of the classic category of the natural sciences, the other clearly in the domain of the social sciences. However, their epistemological approaches are essentially the same. Because "doing" the Hokey-Pokey is "really" what it's all about, all of those disciplines would recognize that they are engaged in a common mission: the pursuit of the genuine reality of the Hokey-Pokey. There would thus be interaction between the disciplines as they would learn from each other, pursuing, as they do, their common purpose. How might that happen, since each of the disciplines seems to have its own circumscribed areas of competence? In actuality, those areas of competence overlap considerably from one discipline to the next. Biomechanics shares common areas of competence with athletic training; psychology shares common areas of competence with pedagogy; exercise physiology with biomechanics (since movement patterns affect exercise efficiency); psychology with exercise physiology (with the growing area of psychology of exercise compliance); pedagogy with management; and so forth. The result is a scholarly social network of sorts, a network of overlapping scientific neighborhoods, in which a general science of the Hokey-Pokey would emerge. A scientific consensus through the whole range of disciplines would thus be established, and while loosely held and informally operating, the scholarly and scientific standards of the Hokey-Pokey would be maintained.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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