Developing a ‘somatic velocimeter’ – the practical knowledge of freeskiers
2014 (English)In: Qualitative Research in Sport, Exercise and Health, ISSN 2159-676X, E-ISSN 2159-6778, Vol. 7, no 1, 109-124 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
The aim of this paper is to explore what it means to know complex movements, from the perspective of the mover. The paper discusses the potential of the findings for providing ideas for both teaching and learning capability to move in the context of physical education. The knowing involved in moving is explored in the practice of freeskiing, characterised by a tradition of learning movements where practitioners have a strong commitment to learning how to move in complex, different and new ways. In this study, knowing how to move is seen in line with Michael Polanyi’s theory of tacit knowing where knowing is always rooted in personal experience and comprising what Ryle (2009) calls ’knowing how’ as well as ’knowing that’. The findings show that the freeskiers have developed specific kinds of knowing comprising a tacit component which is possible to articulate to a certain extent. Their capability to move can be conceived as complex knowing, comprising theoretical as well as practical aspects. If the educational objective in physical education is expressed as developing ways of knowing such as those exemplified in this study, the subject content, or at least part of it, could be described as movement education in which the intrinsic value of knowing movements could be recognised.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. Vol. 7, no 1, 109-124 p.
tacit knowing, capability to move, ways of knowing, physical education, Michael Polanyi
Research subject Educational Sciences in Arts and Professions
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-98922DOI: 10.1080/2159676X.2013.857709OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-98922DiVA: diva2:685826