Search results for: Self study research
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A Self-study Exploration of Early Career Teacher Burnout and the Adaptive Strategies of Experienced Teachers
Isolation, organisational pressures, and role-related distress, can result in teachers, particularly early career teachers (ECTs), experiencing greater risk of burnout. For many ECTs, a lack of practical strategies for dealing with these conditions contributes to this. Using self-study methodology, this research unpacks why ECTs experience burnout, identifies adaptive strategies that experienced teachers use, and discusses the applicability of these practices for ECTs. Conversations between an ECT and three experienced teachers provided alternate lenses to apply reflective unpacking of adaptive strategies. The findings illustrate how the risk of burnout for ECTs is increased by challenging student behaviour, isolation, a lack of collegiality and engagement with professional networks, and being overloaded with responsibilities. The findings also suggest that being overworked is less of a contributing factor to burnout than feeling disconnected from one’s school, peers, and community. Adaptive strategies for alleviating the effects of burnout were explored and recommendations for practice presented.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2021
Developing (as) Critically Reflective Practitioners: Linking Preservice Teacher and Teacher Educator Development
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.
Updated: Jul. 20, 2021
Collaboration is a key component of our practice as teachers and teacher educators and there is a need to develop generative models for collaboration among teacher educators. The authors have created and tested a model of collaboration. The model includes a collaborative overarching research project and, nested under this mantle, a series of focused research projects conducted by pairs of collaborators, international networking, and enactments of scholarship. A key element of the success of this model was the foundation of this research in arts-based inquiry. The model has enabled rapid and rich development of academic collaboration with flexibility to develop new practices and projects that benefits research and teaching.
Updated: Apr. 07, 2021
This research explores evidence-based teaching portfolios as authentic and continuous professional development involving cross-sectoral and cross-contextual teacher collaboration. Qualitative data analysed from teachers with experience teaching at post-primary, in a national teacher support service, in higher education and in teacher education are discussed. The original claim this paper makes is that many process and practice outcomes elicited during the process of portfolio development are useful for teachers working together across sectors, and therefore valuable for teachers and learners, along and across the education continuum. Key findings indicate that a cross-sectoral group can create knowledge, which is personalised and contextualised to each teacher’s teaching philosophy, yet informed by practitioners from different sectors. The merging of a research design through dual structuring of collaborative workshops with individualised mentoring and self-study inquiry enabled meaningful dialogue and reflection among the teachers’ from varied settings. Finally, the creation of a personalised and contextualised written teaching portfolio, afforded the teachers evidence of their own professional learning during and following the research process. This collective and individualised learning informed realisations and plans for relational and pedagogical change among the cross-sectoral group.
Updated: Aug. 05, 2020
This paper reports on a collective self-study from the authors' multiple and unique experiences of teaching self-study research in the Netherlands and the United States. The collective study resulted in six guidelines for a pedagogy of teaching self-study research.
Updated: Jun. 24, 2012
The current article reports a self-study where a practitioner and colleagues scrutinize an intervention in teacher education. This research is located as self-study employing design-based methods. The intervention consisted of modifications to an existing secondary teacher education program. The findings revealed that there appear to be two anchors, contextual anchors and conceptual anchors, that operating to inform and enrich reflection among these student teachers.
Updated: Feb. 06, 2011
A Teacher Educator's Professional Learning Journey and Border Pedagogy: A Meta-Analysis of Five Research Projects
In this article, the author examines her own involvement and that of other teachers and teacher educators in five practice-based research studies in terms of their professional learning and border pedagogy. The author played a key role in each project and offer an 'insider' perspective through an autobiographical narrative based on self-study. Each project involved crossing a border between professional knowledge contexts, and explores the 'journey' metaphor of professional learning. The metaphors of passport and visa are used to explore the identities and purposes for the professional learning 'journey'. The benefits of border-crossing for professional learning are then discussed.
Updated: Apr. 11, 2010
Theoretical and Methodological Tensions in a Poststructural, Collaborative Self-Study Research Project
The paper examines the potential contradictions of conducting a collaborative self-study research project within a poststructural framework. In particular, the author considers how humanist discourses are challenged by poststructural theory. She also discusses about the use of theory in self-study research. The author provides a poststructural analysis of the use of experience in the self-study data to demonstrate ways in which theory can support us to (re)view taken for granted concepts in education.
Updated: Aug. 26, 2009
Authentic Conversation as Faculty Development: Establishing a Self-Study Group in A Faculty of Education
Nine teacher educators in their first three years as tenure-track professors in an education faculty established a self-study group in 2006–2007. This article by the group’s coordinators focuses on how conversations within the self-study group contributed to the faculty members’ development as teachers and scholars. Qualities of authentic conversation provide a framework for description, reflection and analysis of the group’s interactions. Implications of forming a large self-study group within a teacher education program are identified.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2008
This is a self-study of the author's professional and cultural biography and identity.She uses this inquiry to demonstrate how biography and identity influences the lived experience of teaching and the researcher’s stance. She also examines areas where preservice urban teacher education programs must improve. Her personal recommendations describe experiences that would have better prepared her for urban teaching. Suggestions include expanding coursework in the historical, political, and sociocultural influences on urban education and in designing culturally responsive curricula.
Updated: Dec. 08, 2008