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Giving the Body Its Due: Autobiographical Reflections and Utopian Imaginings


by Joannie Halas & Jeanne Adele Kentel 2008

Many conversations that link education and the body make the argument that people have to be healthy in order to get on with the real learning of school or work or life in general. In contrast, Joannie Halas and Jeanne Adele Kentel argue that the physical is integral to a good and worthwhile life per se, and not as a means to achieve some other better end. In other words, they directly challenge the mind-body split so endemic to modern Western thought. Part of their argument is that we comprehend ourselves and the world through our body, and the neglect of the physical impoverishes our understanding in fundamental ways. The body, mind, heart, and spirit are never discrete.


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This article originally appeared as NSSE Yearbook Vol 107. No. 1.


Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 110 Number 13, 2008, p. 207-222
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 18473, Date Accessed: 10/20/2017 3:16:08 AM

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  • Joannie Halas
    University of Manitoba
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    JOANNIE HALAS is a professor in the faculty of kinesiology and recreation management at the University of Manitoba. A former public school physical education teacher, her teaching, research, and service is in the area of culturally relevant physical education, as well as access to post-secondary education for aboriginal and racial minority groups. She has conducted a number of community-based research projects that involve the design and delivery of meaningful and relevant physical activity/education programs for marginalized youth populations, including a recent multiage aboriginal youth-driven mentor program.
  • Jeanne Kentel
    Leeds Metropolitan University
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    JEANNE ADELE KENTEL is currently posted at the Carnegie Faculty of Sport and Education at Leeds Metropolitan University. After completing her doctorate in curriculum studies at the University of Alberta, she taught in teacher education programs in Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario. Her research focuses upon critical media pedagogies, ecological imagination, and bodily ways of knowing.
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