David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
British Journal of Educational Studies 56 (3):245 - 271 (2008)
The paper considers apprenticeship as a model of education that both teaches technical skills and provides the grounding for personal formation. The research presented is based on long-term anthropological fieldwork with minaret builders in Yemen, mud masons in Mali and fine-woodwork trainees in London. These case studies of on-site learning and practice support an expanded notion of knowledge that exceeds propositional thinking and language and centrally includes the body and skilled performance. Crafts -- like sport, dance and other skilled physical activities -- are largely communicated, understood and negotiated between practitioners without words, and learning is achieved through observation, mimesis and repeated exercise. The need for an interdisciplinary study of communication and understanding from the body is therefore underlined, and the paper suggests a way forward drawing on linguistic theory and recent neurological findings. It is argued that the validation and promotion of skilled practice as 'intelligent' is necessary for raising the status and credibility of apprenticestyle learning within our Western systems of education.
|Keywords||embodied learning craft knowledge apprenticeship linguistic theory ethnographic method modern apprenticeships embodied communication situated learning|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
S. Bordo (2004). Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body. University of California Press.
Michel Foucault (1977). Discipline and Punish. Vintage Books.
Tim Ingold (2000). The Perception of the Environment: Essays on Livelihood, Dwelling & Skill. Routledge.
M. Jeannerod (1994). The Representing Brain: Neural Correlates of Motor Intention and Imagery. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 17 (2):187.
H. C. Plotkin (1994). Darwin Machines and the Nature of Knowledge. Harvard University Press.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Maxine Sheet-Johnstone (2000). Kinetic Tactile-Kinesthetic Bodies: Ontogenetical Foundations of Apprenticeship Learning. [REVIEW] Human Studies 23 (4):343-370.
P. Benner (2011). Formation in Professional Education: An Examination of the Relationship Between Theories of Meaning and Theories of the Self. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 36 (4):342-353.
Trevor H. J. Marchand (ed.) (2011). Making Knowledge: Explorations of the Indissoluble Relation Between Mind, Body and Environment. Wiley-Blackwell.
Mark Holden, Era Buck, Mark Clark, Karen Szauter & Julie Trumble (2012). Professional Identity Formation in Medical Education: The Convergence of Multiple Domains. [REVIEW] HEC Forum 24 (4):245-255.
Jane Heal (2005). Joint Attention and Understanding the Mind. In N. Elian, Christoph Hoerl, Teresa McCormack & Johannes Roessler (eds.), Oxford University PressJoint Attention: Communication and Other Minds. Oxford University Press. 34--44.
Robin Barrow (2008). Education and the Body: Prolegomena. British Journal of Educational Studies 56 (3):272 - 285.
Robyn Barnacle (2009). Gut Instinct: The Body and Learning. Educational Philosophy and Theory 41 (1):22-33.
Erkki Koskela & Panu Poutvaara, Flexible Outsourcing and the Impacts of Labour Taxation in European Welfare States.
Barbara Crossouard & John Pryor (2012). How Theory Matters: Formative Assessment Theory and Practices and Their Different Relations to Education. [REVIEW] Studies in Philosophy and Education 31 (3):251-263.
Zhuran You & A. G. Rud (2010). A Model of Dewey's Moral Imagination for Service Learning: Theoretical Explorations and Implications for Practice in Higher Education. Education and Culture 26 (2):36-51.
Gregory M. Nixon (2013). Scientism, Philosophy and Brain-Based Learning. Northwest Journal of Teacher Education 11 (2):113-144.
George F. Solomon (1990). The Discursive Formation of the Body in the History of Medicine. Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 15 (5):515-537.
Theresa S. S. Schilhab, Gudlaug Fridgeirsdottir & Peter Allerup (2010). The Midwife Case: Do They “Walk the Talk”? [REVIEW] Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences 9 (1):1-13.
Added to index2011-05-29
Total downloads15 ( #106,784 of 1,099,028 )
Recent downloads (6 months)8 ( #27,186 of 1,099,028 )
How can I increase my downloads?