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ERIC Number: EJ1260606
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2020
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Assembling Threads of Identity: Installation as a Professional Learning Site for Teachers
Lavina, Leanne; Niland, Amanda; Fleet, Alma
Teacher Development, v24 n3 p415-441 2020
This article presents installation as a professional learning site for early childhood teachers to visualise relationships between key events, people and places influencing their professional identity journeys. Aesthetic processes of collecting, creating and representing the ways teachers see their evolving identities offer opportunities to reveal connections and influences that impact identity development. This investigation of teachers' unfolding stories provoked the methodological design of seven 'aesthetic frames' for uncovering and sharing what was revealed about self-as-teacher. Contributions from six early childhood teachers were shared with the primary researcher over a period of 14 weeks before being assembled and viewed collectively in a final focus group as installation. Selected frames are offered in this article as storied forms of visual narrative that present participating teachers with opportunities for critical reflection. As an arts-informed research process, installation provided teachers with a uniquely aesthetic model for understanding and transforming their identity journeys. The immediacy of lived teaching experience captured through image and text also prompting teachers to see with refreshed perspective, new ways for expressing and evaluating pedagogy-practice connections.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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