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Making sense of education: sensory ethnography and visual impairment

Morris, Ceri ORCID: 2017. Making sense of education: sensory ethnography and visual impairment. Ethnography and Education 12 (1) , pp. 1-16. 10.1080/17457823.2015.1130639

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Education involves the engagement of the full range of the senses in the accomplishment of tasks and the learning of knowledge and skills. However both in pedagogical practices and in the process of educational research, there has been a tendency to privilege the visual. To explore these issues, detailed sensory ethnographic fieldwork was conducted in further education colleges, investigating the experiences of visually impaired students who use their non-visual senses and embodied actions to achieve their learning. The study found that the full sensory schemas of the students were not always appreciated or accessed by tutors, resulting in lost learning opportunities. Whilst particularly relevant for visually impaired students, these findings have implications for pedagogy for all students. Further the study highlighted the significance of sensory ethnography as a tool to explore the processes of teaching and learning.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Visual impairment, further education, sensory ethnography, senses, pedagogy
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 1745-7823
Funders: ESRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Date of Acceptance: 6 December 2015
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2023 14:54

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