Embodied pedagogy creates space in the classroom for students to engage the course material and their peers in emotional, experiential, and practical ways as well as intellectual ones. In this way, embodied pedagogy educates the whole person by affirming and supporting each student’s bodily, emotional, and practical intelligence. Although embodied pedagogy can be adapted to any course content, this style of teaching is especially useful in classes that deal with emotionally-charged or sensitive topics such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, controversial ethical issues, political views, and violence. These pedagogical techniques are also useful in classes that seek to empower students to take responsibility for their own learning and in those that aim to establish a sense of community among students in the class.
This experiential workshop is designed to cultivate pedagogical techniques that speak to alternative, bodily ways of knowing. Drawing on methods derived from Gestalt therapy, phenomenology, embodied cognition theory, decolonial theory, and feminist consciousness-raising practices, the facilitator will model key aspects of embodied pedagogy for participants and organize exercises that invite the participants to try out these techniques themselves. The facilitator will also work with participants to develop embodied pedagogy techniques that are appropriate for their own curricula. Registration required; spaces are limited for this event. Lunch is provided.
Dr. Jennifer McWeeny is an associate professor of philosophy at John Carroll University. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Oregon and has special interest in epistemology, French phenomenology, feminist philosophy, early modern philosophy, and Asian and comparative philosophy. During her three day residency, Dr. McWeeny will participate in multiple events with the campus community.