ERIC Number: EJ1207482
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Abstractor: As Provided
Polyvocal Play: A Poetic Bricolage of the "Why" of Our Transdisciplinary Self-Study Research
Pithouse-Morgan, Kathleen; Samaras, Anastasia P.
Studying Teacher Education, v15 n1 p4-18 2019
We have come to conceptualize our transdisciplinary, transnational, and transcultural interaction and reciprocal learning through self-study research as "polyvocal professional learning." Our conceptualization of polyvocality has made visible how dialogic encounters with diverse ways of seeing, knowing, and doing can deepen and extend professional learning in self-study research. For this collaborative self-study, we created a poetic bricolage composed of frequently used words in three of our published research poems as we asked, "'Why?' Why does our work together exist? And why should anyone care?" What emerged became an organic abstract of the impetus for our collaborative learning over time. Through inventing a poetic bricolage, we were able to make visible and available how our multiple interests, practices, and methods have come together to support fluid, dialogic co-learning, and re-learning. Discovering the "why" of our work included unearthing our gravitation toward transdisciplinary scholarship, which offers university faculty a wide range of possibilities for co-learning and co-creativity. Our demonstration of methodological inventiveness in action through poetic bricolage will be useful to others interested in exploring the promise and tensions of plurality, interaction and interdependence, and creative activity in self-study methodology.
Descriptors: Interdisciplinary Approach, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Professional Development, Poetry, Cooperation, Research Methodology, Teacher Educators, Foreign Countries, Creative Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: United States; South Africa