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Moving Ideas

Multimodality and Embodied Learning in Communities and Schools


Edited By Mira-Lisa Katz

What does it look and feel like to communicate, create, compose, comprehend, teach, and learn with our bodies? Reaching beyond existing scholarship on multimodality and literacies, Moving Ideas expands our capacity to understand the embodied dimensions of learning and stretches our repertoires for more artfully describing them. Wresting language away from its historically privileged place at the center of social science research and practice, this collection examines the strategic layering across semiotic modes, challenging educators and researchers to revisit many of our most elemental assumptions about communication, learning, and development. The corporeal pedagogies these authors describe illuminate a powerful kind of learning that we know far too little about; in this age of accountability and high-stakes testing, failing to pay adequate attention to the promise of multimodality means forfeiting significant resources that could be used to innovatively engage people of all ages in education broadly conceived.
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Hannah Bellwoar is an Assistant Professor of English at Juniata College, where she teaches professional and multi-media writing. Her research explores literate activity of alternative and traditional medical professionals as well as laypeople. Her work has appeared in Technical Communication Quarterly, Kairos, Rhetoric Review, and National Women’s Studies Association Journal.

Julie Cheville is an Associate Professor in the Department of English Studies at Illinois State University. Her research interests include the social and spatial origins of perception and cognition. Her publications include an ethnographic study entitled Minding the Body: What Students Athletes Know about Learning (Boynton/Cook, 2001), as well as articles and research handbook chapters that consider spatial signification in relation to contexts of virtual embodiment.

Eliot Fintushel is a creator and performer of mask, mime, and clown theatre, with incursions into puppetry, improvisation, and performance art. Having twice received the NEA Solo Performer Fellowship, Eliot has performed nearly four thousand shows at schools, theatres, and community centers, including solo performances at the National Theatre in Washington DC and at various international festivals. He is also a consultant and teacher of performance for professional ← 257 | 258 → companies, universities, and for special projects among diverse populations. In addition to acting, and writing about theater, Eliot also writes science fiction, which has appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. He is currently a contributing editor to Tricycle magazine.

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