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Author Biography

Emily J. Klein is a professor at Montclair State University in the Department of Secondary and Special Education and co-Academic Editor of The Educational Forum. She writes about teacher professional learning, teacher leadership, and urban teacher residencies.

Monica Taylor is a feminist teacher educator, social justice advocate, and parent activist. At Montclair State University, she is a professor in the Department of Secondary and Special Education.

Rachel Forgasz is a senior lecturer in the Faculty of Education at Monash University where she researches and develops teacher education practices that value the complex, embodied nature of teaching.

Abstract

This action research describes how three teacher educators invited preservice teachers to be in their bodies, or learn through “embodied pedagogy.” We wanted see how this pedagogy helped preservice teachers learn to reflect through their bodies, confront their own bias to cognitive ways of knowing, and ultimately begin to consider the use of embodied instructional strategies. We describe our questions, the activities we designed to help us answer them, and data collected from the first course in a pre-service teacher education program. Finally, we analyze these data and identify themes related to embodied learning and reflection and describe some potential implications for teacher educators. Although at times uncomfortable, we found the body became a tool for reflection whether through experiencing or accessing emotions or for uncovering new meanings and deep insights about themselves.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.5038/2164-0866.4.2.1088

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