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Geographies of alternative educationDiverse learning spaces for children and young people$
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Peter Kraftl

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9781447300496

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447300496.001.0001

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Movement/embodiment: learning habits (1)

Movement/embodiment: learning habits (1)

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Geographies of alternative education

Peter Kraftl

Policy Press

Building on chapter 5, this chapter examines a distinct set of ways in which alternative learning spaces may be enlivened: in the movement of human bodies within and between learning spaces. Many alternative educators argue that children in their learning spaces should cultivate different kinds of bodily movements from learners in mainstream schools. These diverse movements include combination, movement-between places, stillness, walking, repetition and gradual withdrawal. Thereafter, the chapter demonstrates how some educators are engaged in the production of particular learning habits, which flow from those bodily movements. The work of Félix Ravaisson on habit is developed to explore how habits are channelled and worked-out in interpersonal relations in alternative learning spaces. In so doing, this chapter provides a key bridging point to the book's remaining chapters. It also contributes to recent theorisations of mobility and habit in the social sciences.

Keywords:   Movement, Mobility, Habit, Embodiment, Stillness, Walking, Disposition, Repetition, Play, Engaging disaffected youth

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