Looking for Children's Experiences in Movement: The Role of the Body in "Videographic Participation"


  • Charlotte Svendler Nielsen University of Copenhagen




videography, phenomenology, children, dance, embodied learning, movement education


The focus of this article is to give insights into how videography and phenomenological philosophy and methods (GENDLIN, 1997; TODRES, 2007; SHEETS-JOHNSTONE, 1999; VAN MANEN, 1990) are used in combination to explore how embodied learning as a phenomenon can be understood in dance and movement education. A field study carried out with a second grade class in a school in Copenhagen during a year is used as an example of how these methodological inspirations are combined with the purpose of exploring how a video camera and the researcher's embodied involvement can be used to get close to children's bodily expressions and experiences in movement. "Videographic participation" as a method has been developed to help solve the challenge of getting close to and communicating children's embodied experiences.

URN: http://nbn-resolving.de/urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs1203185


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Author Biography

Charlotte Svendler Nielsen, University of Copenhagen

Charlotte Svendler Nielsen, PhD, assistant professor at the Department of Exercise and Sport Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. Research officer in Dance and the Child International (daCi) 2009-2012 and 2012-2015. Co-founder and co-editor of the Nordic Journal of Dance—Practice, Education and Research.




How to Cite

Nielsen, C. S. (2012). Looking for Children’s Experiences in Movement: The Role of the Body in "Videographic Participation". Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 13(3). https://doi.org/10.17169/fqs-13.3.1571