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The deep end: pedagogy, poetry and the public pool

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posted on 2016-11-29, 00:00 authored by Lucinda McKnightLucinda McKnight
Diving in to new materialist theory, this paper explores what might be learnt at a public swimming pool, through poetry as arts-based research. Writing, sitting, thinking and swimming, the learner enters new spaces and atmospheres, where learning emerges as unpredictable and involving a whole range of human and non-human bodies. Public spaces, where we can think about causality and design without the strictures of school curriculum, may emerge as key sites for new understandings of learning where abiding humanist preoccupations can slip away. While this paper cannot offer the physical and material movement, touching, flesh, smelling, silicone, cotton and water of the poem as performed at the Australian Public Pedagogies Institute conference in Melbourne in 2015, readers can still be prepared to get changed!

History

Journal

The journal of public pedagogies

Volume

1

Pagination

58-66

Location

Melbourne

Language

English

Publication classification

X Not reportable, C3 Non-refereed articles in a professional journal

Copyright notice

2016, Public Pedagogies Institute

Issue

1

Publisher

Public Pedagogies Institute