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Show Them or Involve Them? Two Organizations of Embodied Instruction

Journal article
Authors Bryn Evans
Oskar Lindwall
Published in Research on Language and Social Interaction
Volume 53
Issue 2
Pages 223-246
ISSN 0835-1813
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Applied Information Technology (GU)
Pages 223-246
Language en
Keywords Embodied Interaction; Conversation Analysis; Instruction; Demonstration
Subject categories Sport and Fitness Sciences, Learning, Communication Studies


When instructors train people in physical actions, they often demonstrate what they want the learner to do. When basketball coaches use reenactments in training sessions, we find that they organize them in two ways: (a) as a performance treating the players as passive learners (what we call “demonstration as performance”); and (b) as active co-ordinated action among the players as involved coparticipants (what we call “demonstration as enactment”). It is through this ordering of cooperative organizations that, we argue, an enactment is achieved that is maximally coherent and followable as instructions for the observing audience of learners. Data are in Australian English.

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