Braving the Winds of Change: Self-Study as a Valid Change Agent in Teacher Education (76070)

Session Information: Teaching Experiences, Pedagogy, Practice & Praxis
Session Chair: Susie Kung

Saturday, 25 November 2023 11:15
Session: Session 1
Room: Room G (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

There is growing interest in inquiry groups as a forum for self-study, reflection and professional growth. This presentation traces the beginnings of an inquiry group that was used for building team capability, team cohesion and team vision. This inquiry group had inspired further individual/collaborative self-study groups necessitate by rapid, relentless changes to teacher education borne out of the Covid-19 pandemic. This presentation reports on a self-study project by two teacher educators who had examined the tension of moving online at short notice in a field-based teacher education programme. They sought to investigate the impact of these rapid changes on teacher identity, teacher professional practice and teacher resilience. This presentation outlines the self-study process with one researcher weaving the principles of Appreciative Inquiry and the other researcher the E Tu Whaanau Theory of Change into the Self-study process. Emerging findings from this collaborative self-study project included the significance of teacher identity on teacher well-being, teacher retention and resilience; core teaching beliefs provides the anchor and foundation for surviving and thriving in times of rapid change in teacher education and the self-study process is a reliable tool for critical reflection and a means to resolve tensions between teacher beliefs, teaching philosophy and professional practice. Implications of the findings to teacher education, teacher educator’s professional development and tertiary teaching will be discussed. This is with the intention of drawing the audience to a discussion on the use of self-reflective practice in the life of teacher educators.

Susie Kung, Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand
Mary Moeke, Manukau Institute of Technology, New Zealand

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00