Neither flower child nor artiste be: aesthetics, ability and physical education

Gard, Michael (2006) Neither flower child nor artiste be: aesthetics, ability and physical education. Sport, Education and Society, 11 3: 231-241. doi:10.1080/13573320600813382


Author Gard, Michael
Title Neither flower child nor artiste be: aesthetics, ability and physical education
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Neither flower child nor artiste be: aesthetics, ability and physical education
Journal name Sport, Education and Society   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1357-3322
1470-1243
Publication date 2006-08-01
Year available 2006
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/13573320600813382
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 11
Issue 3
Start page 231
End page 241
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Abstract This paper examines the meaning of ability in the context of dance education, in part, via the lens of aesthetic education, a reasonably well-developed body of ideas, and asks what it means to be ‘aesthetically able’. While aesthetic education tends to focus on aesthetic appreciation, it does also deal with a person's capacity to respond to the world in aesthetic ways. But as well as trying to clarify what ability might mean from an aesthetic point of view, this paper also engages with Evans’ (2004) agenda setting paper in which he challenges the field of physical education to refocus discussion on the ways we conceptualise ability and, by extension, how our educational practices are shaped by our ideas about ability. For aesthetics and dance, I take this as a challenge to think about whether ‘aesthetic ability’ is valued in physical education and what kinds of abilities or (as Evans might say) ‘capital’ are privileged in different approaches to teaching dance and physical education.
Keyword Ability
Aesthetics
Curriculum
Dance
Dance education
Physical education
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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