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Moving ConsciouslySomatic Transformations through Dance, Yoga, and Touch$
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Sondra Fraleigh

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780252039409

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252039409.001.0001

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Environments for Self-Learning

Environments for Self-Learning

(p.93) Chapter 5 Environments for Self-Learning
Moving Consciously

Kelly Ferris Lester

University of Illinois Press

In this chapter, the author contributes to the definition of somatic pedagogy as a means to encourage self-learning in students in different learning environments, from somatic movement lessons to dance technique and online dance appreciation, by drawing on the pedagogical philosophies of Howard Gardner and Paulo Freire. Her discussion includes approaches to facilitate self-learning through various somatic experiences and classrooms, including online learning. She emphasizes that the focus of somatics is always on the individual having the experience leading to the discovery (or rediscovery) of the wisdom of the self. Also certified in Bill Evans Method of Teaching Dance, the author describes the transformative somatic principles at work in his teaching of dance technique. She concludes by arguing that the theories she presents can be interwoven and considered in a cyclical process.

Keywords:   somatic pedagogy, self-learning, somatic movement, dance technique, online dance, Howard Gardner, Paulo Freire, online learning, somatics, Bill Evans

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