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Photo: Emma Brown Body, Emotions and the Arts In light of the contributions of this issue, it seems crystal clear that learning is as much anchored into our bodily and emotional experiences as it is to our intellect. A separation of mind and body even seems irrelevant and artificial in the context of the articles

17.12.2013

Photo: Emma Brown

Body, Emotions and the Arts

In light of the contributions of this issue, it seems crystal clear that learning is as much anchored into our bodily and emotional experiences as it is to our intellect. A separation of mind and body even seems irrelevant and artificial in the context of the articles you are about to read.

The arts are a natural addition to this equation of body and emotions, as art often offers a direct path into a person’s inner world of feelings and meanings – and as a result deeply affects the learning process.

As always with LLinE, the viewpoint of this issue is practical. We study good practices of adult educators who use bodily and arts-based methods, meet practicing artists to hear about their learning paths and learn about policy synergies between education and culture. The learner groups of the articles range from seniors to vulnerable youth, from adult learners in non-formal adult education to refugees.

This issue is produced in cooperation with the InfoNet adult education correspondents’ network.

Intime Ontime

Markus Palmén

Song, dance and games – an adult educator’s toolkit

Three Finnish adult educators share their pedagogical methods using movement, singing and simple game ideas.

Jim Soulsby

The hand that stopped trembling

Jim Soulsby gives a personal account of bringing arts actitivities to a care home for the elderly in the UK. One of the residents is Jack, whose mealtimes are difficult due to his hand tremors. However, Jack’s hands stopped trembling when he held a paint brush.

Natalija Žalec and Mateja Rozman Amon

“Painful memories turned into something beautiful”

Slovenian youth struggling with marginalization issues find help through artistic activity. The article follows a particular workshop where a group of vulnerable youth produced a professional documentary film with reenacted scenes: to see one’s own painful experiences portrayed on screen proves a powerful and cathartic experience.

Elena Boukouvala

Mind the gap or ???? ?????.

Elena Boukouvala has just returned from the Sahara, training teachers of autistic children in a refugee camp. The experience was a demanding and personal one, bearing witness to the power but also limitations of drama methods in learning.

Research

Alexis Kokkos

Transforming learning through art

This article takes the reader into the middle of the arts-based learning experience, illuminating in great detail how, in this case, painting and poetry can affect people’s views of immigrants. Furthermore, Kokkos’ contribution offers adult educators research-based guidelines and tools to enable them to design art-based training modules.

Frank Coffield

Learning styles: time to move on

Proponents of learning style models argue that teachers should assess the learning styles of their students and adapt their classroom methods to best fit each student’s style. Commonly these include e.g. visual or kinesthetic learning. The idea of learning styles is strongly criticised by many academics. A prominent critic, Frank Coffield offers his view on why the education community should pass on the notion of restricting teaching methods to particular styles.

Policy

Henrik Zipsane

Policy synergy: the contribution of culture to lifelong learning

The EU seeks synergy between education and cultural policies. Henrik Zipsane explains how this is still a work in progress, with learning through arts and culture still marginalized. European lifelong learning NGOs have been instrumental in lobbying for deeper partnerships between education and culture sectors.

People

Markus Palmén

The art of the autodidact

Robert Ciesla is a Finnish multimedia artist, working solo in his studio apartment. He is almost completely self-taught and creates largely without the support of an artistic community. Ciesla describes his learning path and discusses what it takes to be an autodidact.

Michael Sommer

The Western body in the 2010s- a talk with Robert Gugutzer

What role does the body play in society today? Does outward appearance affect the performance of teachers or lecturers? Germany’s prominent sociologist of the body discusses these and other questions.

Drawing a LLinE

Meet LLinE’s graphic artist Eevi Rutanen, juggling a student life with two major subjects, bioinformation technology and graphic design.

Review

Eeva Anttila

Towards holistic, contemporary pedagogies: Focusing on the body and the senses

Review of Mira-Lisa Katz’s (Ed.) Moving Ideas: Multimodality and Embodied Learning in Communities and Schools

Issue picture by Eevi Rutanen

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