Not just 'a book on the wall': Pedagogical work, museums and representing the sporting past

Phillips, Murray G. and Tinning, Richard (2011) Not just 'a book on the wall': Pedagogical work, museums and representing the sporting past. Sport Education and Society, 16 1: 51-65. doi:10.1080/13573322.2011.531961

Author Phillips, Murray G.
Tinning, Richard
Title Not just 'a book on the wall': Pedagogical work, museums and representing the sporting past
Journal name Sport Education and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-3322
Publication date 2011
Year available 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13573322.2011.531961
Volume 16
Issue 1
Start page 51
End page 65
Total pages 15
Place of publication Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Historians often evaluate sport exhibitions as simply transplantations from the pages of books to the walls of a museum. Not surprisingly, on this basis many sport exhibitions fall short of the criteria demanded by historians. This paper specifically explores this issue by examining the exhibition, Between the Flags, that traveled around Australia as part of the centenary celebrations of Surf Lifesaving Australia. Pedagogy, and more specifically the concept of pedagogical work, is utilized to understand representations of the past in museums and to compare and contrast with written history. Pedagogy and pedagogical work reveal that the Between the Flags exhibition, like many other museum displays, was purposely and explicitly linked to educational curricula, unlike the written history of Surf Lifesaving Australia which was not aligned to formal education. Equally importantly, museum exhibitions primarily provide tacit knowledge through objects and artifacts while, in contrast, written history mostly relies on verbal knowledge through the written word. In the Between the Flags exhibition, tactic experiences were amplified by specific displays which engaged the senses—visual, tactile, auditory and kinesthetic—to create a sensory and bodily experience far removed from reading words on a page. Understanding these differences challenges historians to consider exhibitions through the complex systems of representations that define museums rather than those which characterize written history.
Keyword Pedagogy
Pedagogical work
Sport history
Surf lifesaving
Hearing and kinesthetics
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online: 11 Jan 2011

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