Sensing place : embodiment, sensoriality, kinesis, and children behind the camera

Mills, Kathy A., Comber, Barbara, & Kelly, Pippa (2013) Sensing place : embodiment, sensoriality, kinesis, and children behind the camera. English Teaching : Practice and Critique, 12(2), pp. 11-27.

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This article is a call to literacy teachers and researchers to embrace the possibility of attending more consciously to the senses in digital media production. Literacy practices do not occur only in the mind, but involve the sensoriality, embodiment, co-presence, and movement of bodies. This paper theorises the sensorial and embodied dimension of children’s filmmaking about place in two communities in Australia. The films were created by pre-teen Indigenous and non-Indigenous children in Logan, Queensland, and by Indigenous teenagers at the Warralong campus of the Strelley Community School in remote Western Australia. The films were created through engagement in cross-curricular units that sensitised the students’ experience of local places, gathering corporeal information through their sensing bodies as they interacted with the local ecology. The analysis highlights how the sensorial and bodily nature of literacy practice through documentary filmmaking was central to the children’s formation and representation of knowledge, because knowledge and literacy practices are not only acquired through the mind, but are also reliant on embodiment, sensoriality, co-presence, and kinesics of the body in place.

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ID Code: 63336
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: digital media, senses, place, children, embodiment, kinesic, literacy, movement, body, sensoriality, youth, Indigenous, film, English, co-presence
ISSN: 1175-8708
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Children & Youth Research Centre
Current > Schools > School of Teacher Education & Leadership
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2013 The Author(s) and University of Waikato
Deposited On: 14 Oct 2013 23:29
Last Modified: 02 Feb 2015 05:20

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