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ERIC Number: EJ1207122
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1529-8094
Weaving Forgotten Pieces of Place and the Personal: Using Collaborative Auto-Ethnography and Aesthetic Modes of Reflection to Explore Teacher Identity Development
Lavina, Leanne; Lawson, Fiona
International Journal of Education & the Arts, v20 n6 Feb 2019
How do we develop understanding of our teacher identities and what can aesthetic modes offer to assist reflection and learning about shifting images of identity? These questions provoked our auto-ethnographic project. As two experienced early childhood teachers, we found ourselves transitioning into new professional terrain as teacher-researcher and teacher-director. This progression represented a significant shift in how we conceptualised, enacted, and located our respective identities. Using a new aesthetic framework, we explored what was known about our professional lives at key moments of "self and the other in practice" (Pinnegar & Hamilton, 2009, p. 12). We discovered that our histories matter, place matters, as do relationships made within these social spaces. This work opens opportunity for collaborative dialogue and critical reflection on self-as-teacher. Situating selfunderstandings within social systems of learning recognises forces influencing identity development (Hickey & Austin, 2007) and expands pedagogical frameworks for navigating sociopolitical complexities of educational realities.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Preschool Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia