Rachel Kurtz: “A transdisciplinary Perspective on Embodied Learning to Enhance Educational Outcomes and Physical and Mental Health”

In Students by General Account

My research will relate embodiment theory and practice to primary education, placing the body as central to pedagogy. I am particularly interested in the manner and extent to which schools accommodate and support children’s physicality (how, why and when are children encouraged to move), whether this sufficient for their health well-being and learning, and how teachers might embed movement into their own practice and classroom teaching.

As co-founder and director of the Bare Toed Dance company, I have worked extensively in schools teaching creative movement for almost two decades. A mature student, I achieved BA in Education with Psychology and an MA in Education from Durham University. I won the national Critical Writing Prize in 2016 with an essay on equality of opportunity.