By John Matthews
We educate simply because we're human and we develop into human simply because we teach.
This is the outstanding and unique end of Anatomy of functionality Training, within which John Matthews exhibits how education is a really human reaction to the issues of getting a physique and dwelling on this planet.
Using illustrative case-studies perform, each one bankruptcy addresses a particular physique half, providing a self-contained dialogue of its symbolic and functional value within the inventive, and advertisement, actions of teaching. those anatomical case-studies are cross-referenced with different disciplines (such as recreation, excessive diving, deep diving and artisan craft) to extra extend our knowing of functionality. Stand-alone chapters, excellent for reference, construct in the direction of an total end that the uniquely human perform of educating is rising as a brand new and pervasive ideology globally.
Ideal for readers looking to comprehend the connection the physique has with the theatre and coaching, or for academics searching for a brand new, cutting edge method of functionality, Anatomy of functionality Training is an available, unique contribution to the philosophy of educating for performance.
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This proficiency is taken to extremes in racquet sports where the hands of professionals tilt and twist racquet handles in preparation for the swerve, power and direction of a ball not yet struck by an opponent. In this way the expert who appears to be able to see the future through his or her hands takes the human skill of prehension to extremes. The potential to foresee or to anticipate that resides in hands generally is acute and pronounced in the hands, and bodies, of experts. This is a function of experience and repetition (and perhaps also of the more dimly understood talent, that I will come to discuss in EAR) and helps to explain the economy of the expert; that the expert and the novice may arrive at the same outcome but that the expert will arrive there sooner, less wastefully of effort and having made fewer mistakes.
With regards to Galileo, Bernhardt, Mestre and Ferraras, Tom Daley and John the Baptist – I hope that I have described 26 ANATOMY OF PERFORMANCE TRAINING them well enough within the terms of their own historical moments to make the vignettes productive here and, more importantly, I hope that they would not mind me speaking through them about training. 66 While I feel I should pre-emptively apologize to proper historians, I also suspect that my anatomical approach may irritate some within the theatre training research field who have insistently argued for conceptualizations of the body as a whole, and so-called psychophysical unity.
A good example of the approach can be found in the writing of the social justice philosopher Adam Hosein. In his essay ‘Being Yourself’62 Hosein describes set-piece moments from ANATOMY 25 teen movies and stage plays to outline the different dimensions of the social expectations placed on teenagers. His intention was not to speak about these moments, as would a film or theatre theorist, but rather to speak through these moments about the values that they express or contain. 65 Following this convention I have chosen to begin each chapter with a vignette from a training or performance context.
Anatomy of Performance Training by John Matthews