Universal Journal of Educational Research Vol. 3(11), pp. 917 - 927
DOI: 10.13189/ujer.2015.031118
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Movement Doesn't Lie: Teachers' Practice Choreutical Analysis


Serafina Pastore 1,*, Monica Pentassuglia 2
1 Department of Education Science, Psychology, Communication, University of Bari, Italy
2 Department of Philosophy, Education and Psychology, University of Verona, Italy

ABSTRACT

Identify and describe teaching practice is not an easy task. Current educational research aims at explain teachers' work focusing on the concept of practice. Teachers' practical knowledge is a sensitive and tacit knowledge, produced, and effused by the body. In this perspective, the teachers' work can be considered as an expressive activity. Starting from the view of teachers' work as a performance, this article tries to illustrate a conceptual way of analysing the teaching practice. The paper reports first results of two case studies involving three primary school teachers and two middle school teachers, respectively. Data collection includes non-participant observation with field-notes, videotaping, and R. Laban's notation system (Labanotation). The present paper draws attention to a particular category of analysis, the dance. Research results highlight how it is possible to interpret teaching as dance. The authors attempt to interpret teaching as dance. Emphasizing the role of body and movements, research results highlight how it is possible to interpret teaching as dance. Suggestions are discussed for future educational research.

KEYWORDS
Teaching, Performance, Body, Dance, Ethnographic Research

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Serafina Pastore , Monica Pentassuglia . "Movement Doesn't Lie: Teachers' Practice Choreutical Analysis." Universal Journal of Educational Research 3.11 (2015) 917 - 927. doi: 10.13189/ujer.2015.031118.