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Grappling with the realities of teaching: Artful representations as sense-making, meaning-making tools

Black, Alison L. (2001) Grappling with the realities of teaching: Artful representations as sense-making, meaning-making tools. In Singh, Parlo & McWilliam, Erica (Eds.) Designing Educational Research: Theories, Methods and Practices. Post Pressed, Flaxton, Qld., pp. 59-70.

Abstract

The work of the teacher is becoming progressively more ambiguous and demanding; and making sense of what it means to teach is an increasingly challenging task. This chapter presents a teacher’s story to illustrate how creative, non-linear forms of representation such as visual imagery and writing, together with narrative reporting, were catalysts for revealing meanings for actions, and for eliciting the products and processes of reflection and self-awareness. These artful representations made visible the way conceptions of teaching and self-as-teacher were constructed and re-constructed. Attending to these ways of knowing highlighted possible strategies for dealing more intentionally with work demands. Such representations can be valuable resources for teachers, nourishing efforts to better understand what it means to teach and providing supportive scaffolding for making connections with the knowledge which guides action.

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ID Code: 1343
Item Type: Book Chapter
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Keywords: Teachers, teachers' work, early childhood, teaching contexts, dilemmas
ISBN: 1876682272
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > EDUCATION SYSTEMS (130100) > Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori) (130102)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2001 Post Pressed
Copyright Statement: This is the author’s manuscript version of the work. It is posted here with permission of the copyright owner for your personal use only. No further distribution is permitted. For more information about this book please refer to the publisher's website (see link).
Deposited On: 19 May 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:25

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