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Educator or Trainer (Revisited)

Recently I again had a short-term job as a trainer for a nationally produced and prescribed programme focused on a specific and, necessarily, standardised series of events. In the past, my role has generally been as an educator. So, appointment to this training role led me to think again about the differences between being a […]

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I Have to Do Research – Where Do I Start?

I Have to Do Research – Where Do I Start? Lots of us research things, whether it is researching views on a particular issue for my social issues interest group, researching the historical or social background for a dance or other artwork, finding out what people in our workplace would like to have included in […]

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Thinking about Knowing

In my books I discuss at least 19 different ways of knowing. My thinking about ways of knowing has, of course, continued since I wrote the books. I see knowing as occurring in many ways, in many different situations and contexts, and often on several levels at the same time. Because of the non-verbal and […]

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Still here!

For anyone checking out this site, yes, I am still here and still checking the site regularly. Clearly I’m not one who manages to add another blog every week but I definitely am still here along with my books!

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Travel Musings

Thoughts on recent travel and teaching at an International Christian Dance Fellowship conference held in the University of Ghana and hosted by the Christian Dance Fellowship branches of Ghana and Ireland. People from 12 different countries outside of Ghana attended and many had made it there quite miraculously, without apparently the financial or other means […]

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Standards-based Assessments in Adult Education

I am currently completing a computing course – self-paced but very tightly prescribed in terms of what you can do, when and where (a contradiction in terms already perhaps?). This is a common pattern for standards based learning in cases such as this national certificate. In this approach, there is often only one way of […]

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Embodied Knowing

I am, hopefully, nearing the end of a long learning journey. On 1 September 2015, I slipped in the wet outside and broke my left ankle – 2 bones, 1 chipped bone, 1 dislocated foot. I was on my own at home. I find it interesting that, in the midst of this traumatic and painful […]

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Exciting Travel Times

What have I been doing? It has been months since I posted a blog but, for more than three of those months, I was traveling around the world teaching, dancing, looking, listening, experiencing, talking, and praying. Travel and People For most of the travel I was on my own, and for some I was with […]

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My Paper at a Recent Conference

In this blog, I present excerpts from a paper I recently prepared and presented for an international academic conference: Contemporary Ethnography Across Disciplines (CEAD). (Photograph by Natalie Dowd) Conference Topic My topic was From Stage to Site and Back Again. The paper concerned the questions and possibilities that arise when a particular dance is redeveloped for […]

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Trainer or Educator: What is the difference?

         What’s the Problem? Recently I had a short-term job as a trainer for a nationally produced and prescribed programme focused on a specific and, necessarily, standardised series of events. My role in the past has been as an educator. So, appointment to this new role led me to think about the differences between being […]

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