The fields of the arts, mathematics, and natural, social and applied sciences have relevant and significant yet-to-be-made contributions to a deeper understanding and wider recognition of Moshe’s method. To reach out to and connect with potential participants in this worthwhile endeavor, the Research Working Group (RWG) of the International Feldenkrais® Federation — the umbrella group of national professional groups and guilds the world over — has created the IFF Research Working Group Questionnaire.
The goals of the Research Working Group are to:
- Promote research into the Feldenkrais Method®.
- Encourage the engagement of the Feldenkrais professional community with academic research.
- Gain recognition that the method offers a model of learning and development that can impact many academic disciplines.
To these ends, the group actively supports outcomes-oriented research and basic research concerning the practice of our method. They plan to make this happen by facilitating interdisciplinary networking between Feldenkrais teachers and academic researchers, providing teacher-researchers with information and support, doing fundraising, publishing research news and findings, and sponsoring online and live seminars as well as conferences.
To reach these goals, RWG needs to create an overview of education, specialties, and depth of study of academically trained teachers interested in and available to participate. By responding to the questionnaire, potential contributors can identify themselves so that the group can then connect with individuals while, simultaneously, developing an overview of who is able, ready, and willing to participate in advancing research about the FM).
Are you someone who has academic or research training? Have you conducted or participated in research in the past? Are you currently engaged in experimentation or inquiry? Would you be interested in designing, conducting, contributing to, reviewing, or otherwise being a part of this much-needed project?
If so, the questionnaire is the way for you and other Feldenkrais teachers to let the working group know what skills, knowledge, experience, and interest you have in participating in research about the method. The group requests that if you have an academic degree, but have doubts about whether your training would be relevant for research, you kindly complete the survey anyway. It will only take 10 minutes.
Once RWG has collected this information, they will be connecting with the Feldenkrais teachers around the world to activate an international, interactive network, one that will facilitate the production of contemporary and meaningful investigation, analysis, and publication.
Whether you can contribute or not, to see the wonderful work the working group has done, please check out the past issues of the IFF Research Journal. If you have questions about the working group, the questionnaire, or their plans, please contact Roger Russell, who is spearheading the project, by sending him an email here.
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