The Promise and Perils of Learning on the Move: Walking as a Teaching Tool

This session took place as part of the 2020 Conference. The presenters were Ruth Penfold-Mounce.


Walking is an experiential and a well-established method for conducting ethnographic research and as a route to understanding and perceiving an environment. However there is limited use of walking as a research led pedagogic tool. This workshop proposes walking as a novel and dynamic method for learning and teaching which stimulates the imagination. Walking as a research-led learning method seeks to connect individual experience with societal relationships and structures helping develop an understanding of the intersection between human biography, history and public issues. Using walking as a tool for teaching and learning seeks to generate understanding with ‘storied lives’ in multi sensory and corporeal ways. It aids in the critical recovery of histories and a powerful way of community experiences and ways of knowing across cultural divides. Drawing upon the experience of designing and launching the York Crime Walk (in 2018) and the Death and Culture Walk (in 2019) discussion is invited regarding the promise and perils of adopting walking as a learning and teaching tool and its potential pedagogic value for undergraduates, postgraduates and the wider public.

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