This article describes a U.S. based multi-year study focused on understanding how a critical reflective practice informs the identities and practices of two teacher educators and a group of preservice teachers.
Using a self-study methodology, the authors have examined the processes and practices of their own identity development, alongside that of their preservice teachers.
Using a framework as a tool for reflection, they posited a series of questions as a prompt for collaborative reflective writing.
In their analysis of these written reflections, they discovered a process of becoming more reflective and expansive through writing, explicitly identifying the contextual factors at play in their personal development as educators.
In addition, they found that this method of self-study became a space for transformational learning, where educators could share, be vulnerable, take risks but also care for one another in the process.
The findings from this study highlight the importance of careful, critical reflection when supporting new educators.