The Person in the Tree: Shared Writings from Space, Place, Body


  • Sue Collins
  • Sue Whyte
  • Monica Green
  • Karen Vella
  • Sarah Crinall
  • Faith Dent
  • Angela Foley
  • Miriam Potts
  • Colleen Oates
  • Corinna Peterson
  • Nerissa Albon
  • Marcia Howard



This paper was generated as an experimental collaborative writing exercise as part of the development of conceptual, theoretical and methodological resources of the Space, Place, Body Faculty of Education Research Group at Monash University. A group of higher degree research students undertook an exercise in body/place writing by going on a walk in the nearby Morwell National Park and producing a piece of writing in response to that experience. The responses became the data for the collaborative writing of a paper which followed the standard format of a thesis. Key theoretical influences included the writings of Elizabeth Grosz, Bronwyn Davies and Margaret Somerville. The process was found to generate a wide range of embodied walking stories. Analysis of the written reflections highlighted individually complex and different responses to place and ways of experiencing place. Through the collaborative process, intersections of meanings and new learnings about the ways in which we interact with place were facilitated.


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Collins, S., Whyte, S., Green, M., Vella, K., Crinall, S., Dent, F., Foley, A., Potts, M., Oates, C., Peterson, C., Albon, N., & Howard, M. (2012). The Person in the Tree: Shared Writings from Space, Place, Body. Reconceptualizing Educational Research Methodology, 3(2).