Browsing by Subject "dialogical pedagogy"

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  • Convertito, Giorgio (2020)
    In this thesis I look at some of the ethical issues involved in one-to-one practices, observing how they offer a uniquely compress example of dialogical, experiential and transformative pedagogy, providing the most obvious representation of the meeting with the Other and with the otherness within oneself. I look in particular at the idea of ‘perceived obligation’, the way we respond to a situation as we think we are expected to by an authority figure. Another crucial concept of this research is that of safe space / brave space, a space where risks are acceptable and even welcome, and where a transformative experience can take place. I use Van Manen, Antila and Arao&Clemens to advocate that a safe space cannot be just a container for rules and that there are no universal procedures that can guarantee safety, suggesting instead a dialogical approach. The proposal is that a caring approach to ethics, combined with the integrity, insight, generosity and sensitivity of the practitioner, and a mutual interest and respect for the material, are the ingredients that create a safe environment for learning through transformation. I use my artistic project “Hotel Room Encounters” as a laboratory where the issues mentioned above can be observed and studied. Most of this research is based on observing my own personal experience, but also on comments made by the participants during the encounters as well as in the notes they wrote and left to me after the encounter. The project aims to create a situation favourable to the meeting with the unknown and to a transformative experience. In accordance with Rancière’s and Biesta’s idea that in order to learn and grow, one has to move out of one’s comfort zone, I tried to create the conditions for a safe discomfort and for a gentle push of boundaries; a move into the risk zone designed to set the conditions for an unusual experience and potential for learning something about oneself. I also look at the “Hotel Room Encounter” as improvisational and somatic practice, using my experience in such practices to guide me through the experience of meeting the unknown, especially within the format of one-to-one participatory performance, with what I had no previous experience as a practitioner. I also briefly link this work to my experience of somatic practices and eventually reflect on my positioning as a middle-aged white man in society.
  • Sipilä, Jasmiina (2015)
    In this research I'm moving and exploring in a landscape of an inter-disciplinary improvisation performance. The research is structured by choosing one performance which functions as a documented snippet of an ongoing interdisciplinary improvisation practice and is a vehicle to analyse what sort of skills and knowledge enable and are developed in that specific ongoing practice. I map out the validity of those skills and knowledge in relationship to a dancer's know-how in a new paradigm of performing arts, as well as how to facilitate them and what sort of philosophical and ethical notions and issues arise in such a facilitation process. The mode of this thesis is practicebased art-pedagogical research. I'm proposing that the skills and knowledge that enable inter-disciplinary improvisation, and that are simultaneously developed in the practice, are a dancer's self–reflection and decision making process; a dancer's own research and awareness of senses and perceptions; the awareness of interaction of performer(s) and audience during a performance situation and the collaborative approaches towards learning and creating artistic work. These skills and knowledge share similar terrain with the skills and knowledge of a dancer in a new paradigm of performing arts, including the new paradigm of contemporary dance, defined by a performative shift. In addition to these, what can be specifically drawn from inter-disciplinary improvisation practice is a dancer's awareness of her/his inherent concepts that frame her/his perception in working situations, as well as discipline specific inherent working practices and terminology that are taken as a given, yet come up for discussion and reflection through inter-disciplinary work. I'm proposing that these skills and knowledge can be facilitated and developed through dialogical and critical pedagogical approaches that take in consideration notions of freedom, responsibility, artistic ownership, artistic integrity, as well as a notion of wider socio-political landscapes that the work exists in. In terms of practice based working methods that can facilitate this sort of skills and knowledge, there are many routes. One possible way are the inter-disciplinary working methods introduced in this thesis, that emphasize action-research based working cycles, working collaboratively both within a group, as well as in co-facilitating and approaching a facilitation process as a not-yet-known situation. This mode of working approaches a teacher as an active researcher and facilitator, who also engages in a process of self-reflection and dialogue.