Weather bodies : Experimenting with dance improvisation in environmental education in the early years

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Pollitt, Jo, Blaise, Mindy and Rooney, Tonya. (2021). Weather bodies : Experimenting with dance improvisation in environmental education in the early years. Environmental Education Research. 27(8), pp. 1141-1151. https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2021.1926434
AuthorsPollitt, Jo, Blaise, Mindy and Rooney, Tonya
Abstract

This paper reports on insights gained from incorporating dance improvisation into a broader early years environmental education ethnographic research project. Findings are reported from a two-day workshop where a dancer was invited to work with young children to attune to the weather through their bodies. In these workshops, the practice of dance improvisation was used as a deliberate interference to disrupt the disconnected and disembodied ways in which weather is often taught to young children. The paper argues that when children attune with weather through the embodied and relational practice of dance improvisation, this challenges the common practice of learning about weather as a separate phenomenon happening outside the classroom. Dance, as an intervention, helps to de-stabilise binary human-nature relations and reveals how children might come to understand their (human) selves as also weather bodies. New ways to understand humans’ entanglements with current weather events are also articulated, offering educators and researchers strategies for considering how the practice of dance improvisation might be integrated into early years education as an innovative approach to environmental learning.

Keywordsarts-based pedagogy; dance improvisation; early years; embodiment; environmental education; more-than-human relations; weather
Year2021
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Journal citation27 (8), pp. 1141-1151
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1469-5871
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13504622.2021.1926434
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85107880917
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Page range1141-1151
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Accepted01 May 2021
Deposited03 Aug 2021
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