Teaching and learning with matter

Page, Tara. 2018. Teaching and learning with matter. Arts, 7(4), ISSN 2076-0752 [Article]

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Through bodies with matter, we are always making, performing and learning, so material pedagogy(ies) are embodied; they are intra-actions between bodies and matter, where with matter, bodies are being taught and are learning. But as learners, we are not always conscious of this intra-action or able to easily articulate it. The intention of this paper is to explore and share the creative acts of learning and teaching of bodies with matter and between spaces, where matter teaches us what it can and cannot do—a material pedagogy. Underpinned by new materialist scholarship, where socio-materiality is emphasised, this paper focuses on the relationalities of learning and teaching so that we can become conscious of our ways, materials and spaces of pedagogy. From this, we can then ensure that we explicitly acknowledge and support the creation of these places to enable a sustained pedagogic engagement for all learning environments that can be transformative and emancipatory.

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new materialism, embodiment, critical pedagogy, embodied pedagogy, material pedagogy

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Educational Studies > Centre for the Arts and Learning


12 November 2018Accepted
21 November 2018Published Online

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01 May 2019 13:59

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10 Jun 2021 17:15

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