A Critical Pedagogy of Embodied Education: Learning to Become an Activist

Hardcover | April 15, 2012

byTracey Ollis

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A Critical Pedagogy of Embodied Education outlines the pedagogy of activism and the process of learning to become an activist. Based on empirical research conducted in Australia, it explores the embodied learning of activists as they learn to be and become activists. This book, unlike any current publication on social purpose education, explores the differences and similarities between two groups of activists: lifelong activists who have been engaged in campaigns and socials movements over many years - often a lifetime - and the learning of circumstantial activists, those protestors who come to activism due to a series of life events. The book uncovers through multiple case studies the embodied pedagogy of activists who gain knowledge through the practical experience of being in the world of activism. Their learning is often driven by emotional agency and is social, informal, and critically cognitive. Using critical pedagogy as a lens, the book not only expands our understanding of the epistemology of activism, but provides insight into adult education as an embodied practice.

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A Critical Pedagogy of Embodied Education outlines the pedagogy of activism and the process of learning to become an activist. Based on empirical research conducted in Australia, it explores the embodied learning of activists as they learn to be and become activists. This book, unlike any current publication on social purpose education...

Tracey Ollis is a lecturer in Applied Human Rights in the School of Education at Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:262 pages, 8.56 × 5.7 × 0.78 inPublished:April 15, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230340512

ISBN - 13:9780230340510

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"Tracey Ollis has written an important and insightful book. A Critical Pedagogy of Embodied Education provides us with a nuanced and very thoughtful discussion of how people become activists, a critical issue during a period when social and educational activism is ever more necessary." - Michael W. Apple, John Bascom Professor of Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Policy Studies, University of Wisconsin, Madison'In A Critical Pedagogy of Embodied Education Tracey Ollis does a brilliant job theorizing about similarities and differences in two types of adult activists-lifelong and circumstantial. Using case study methodology, the author powerfully chronicles the subjects' embodied pedagogy of activism despite their different life trajectories and reasons for engaging in activism. This book makes a significant contribution to the fields of adult education, critical pedagogy, and community organizing, and it offers a highly original understanding of the nature of activism and the reality that all successful learning - for students in general and for activists in particular - goes beyond mere issues of cognition and must encompass students' sense of justice, and their strong emotional and spiritual connections as well! A Critical Pedagogy of Embodied Education is not only illuminating but it reminds us that life-long learning is part and parcel of any aspiration for a democratic life.' - Lilia I. Bartolome, Professor of Applied Linguistics, College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts Boston'Activism is, thankfully, alive. 'Occupy' is the cry everywhere at present. In this book, Tracey Ollis shows how activists learn from what they do. Activism is an informal, emotionally-charged form of practice, where reflecting-in-action (to use Donald Schön's famous term) is itself educational. Ollis shows with case studies and conceptual innovation how popular protests and timely readings of opportunism can come together in really successful adult learning for activists of all kinds. For those who want to understand resistance better, read here how circumstances can drive the social and political changes you value – and, more inspirationally, how you can create those circumstances through what you do – through your embodied learning from, and amidst, activism.' - David Beckett, Associate Professor, Melbourne Graduate School of Education