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Embodied Education and Education of the Body: the Phenomenological Perspective

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  • Denis Francesconi
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  • Massimiliano Tarozzi, Università di Bologna, University College London, Italy
The concept of Embodied Cognition (EC) includes a variety of approaches involving embodied, embedded, extended and enactive cognition (sometimes referred to as the 4Es) and it can offer meaningful contributions to educational research and practice, including the re-evaluation of the role of the body in educational experiences. To discuss the reciprocal relevance of EC and phenomenological pedagogy, in this paper we start by shortly reviewing the “disembodiment of Western culture” and the “disembodied school” model, we then outline the origins of the connection between EC and education, and we conclude by discussing embodied education in formal education context. We argue that embodied education goes far beyond sensorimotor processes, physical exercise and motor skills. Adopting a phenomenologically oriented embodied cognition perspective means taking seriously the idea that cognition is always and necessarily grounded into a bodily dimension and that it has a complex phenomenological nature intertwined with emotional, affective, reflective dimensions. Education, particularly formal one, must be able to consider and promote such embodied mind.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLeib – Leiblichkeit – Embodiment : Pädagogische Perspektiven auf eine Phänomenologie des Leibes
EditorsMalte Brinkmann, Johannes Türstig, Martin Weber-Spanknebel
Number of pages19
Place of publicationWiesbaden
PublisherSpringer VS
Publication year2019
ISBN (print)978-3-658-25516-9
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-658-25517-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
SeriesPhänomenologische Erziehungswissenschaft

Bibliographical note

This research has been supported by a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Individual Fellowship (IF) under contract number 799779

    Research areas

  • Embodied education, Embodied cognition, Phenomenological education, Bodily experience, Merleau-Ponty

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