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ERIC Number: EJ1008580
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 2
ISSN: ISSN-1463-9491
The Intentional Archivist: What Jonathan Taught Me
Robertson, Janet
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, v14 n1 p14-15 2013
As a teacher, the author is always seeking the meaning behind her educational practice with children, colleagues, and the institution in which she works on a daily basis. Dr. Jonathon Silin's thinking around loss, collective memory and social amnesia resonate strongly with her (Silin, 2011). In this article, the possibilities of intentionally archiving events is explored as an extension of Dr Silin's discussion of loss, memory and social amnesia, from the perspective of a practitioner. The author suggests that if learning is a collective process, not a product, then using what are personal archives to challenge one's current thinking makes sense. It is more than recall; it is the re-invention of meaning. As an archivist, teacher and reflective thinker, the author knows that what she thinks today will be different from her thoughts tomorrow; something will be lost, or even forgotten, while other memories are embroidered and polished. Collectively remembering what is lost or erased, while generating other ideas, is the task ahead.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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