ERIC Number: EJ847384
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Reference Count: 54
Accounting to Myself: How Do I Speak for Myself, to Myself, as I Encourage Others to Do the Same?
South African Journal of Higher Education, v22 n6 p1138-1153 2008
This article is an account of the author's ongoing action enquiry into how she can understand and improve her practice. It is a continuation of an earlier paper, delivered originally as a keynote presentation at the SAARDHE 2007 Conference, University of Pretoria, where she made the case that the "I" should be central in educational research; that academics located in higher education should reconceptualise themselves as intellectuals whose job is challenge existing ideas and practices as a means of contributing to the development of an open society; and for the maintenance of a free academic press to enable them to publish their accounts of how they are doing so. She develops some of these themes in this article, showing how she acts as a living example of ideas to do with the generative transformational nature of living processes, including forms of enquiry, whose existence is facilitated through the capacity of the thinker to problematise and deconstruct his/her own thinking. The author raises questions about how she can account for herself to herself, drawing on Foucault's (2001) discussion of "parrhesia"--frank and truthful talk--as a means of showing how a morally accountable life can be understood as one in which the individual is able to speak the truth to others, and, more importantly, to themselves. This kind of understanding is linked with a parallel understanding of how the author represents herself to herself and others, so that she may be seen as a person who is to be trusted in showing how her form of life matches her own ethical commitments. Further, the author asks, when individuals find ways of telling the truth about and to themselves, how do they then use this knowledge, and for what purposes? How do they represent themselves, as they tell their truth?
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Higher Education, College Faculty, Identification, Teacher Responsibility, Accountability, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Educational Research, Validity
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa; United Kingdom (England)