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Empowering teachers: using teaching images to understand self

Black, Alison L. (1999) Empowering teachers: using teaching images to understand self. In Creche and Kindergarten Annual Early Childhood Conference, 20 June 1999, Brisbane, Australia. (Unpublished)

Abstract

During a professional development program, teachers working in child care centres reflected on their images of teaching and their images of self as teacher. Teachers explored their images by engaging in conversation, drawing, metaphor and journal writing. Insights provided by these reflective strategies enabled teachers to experience greater self-understanding, awareness and knowledge and reduced feelings of isolation common to teachers who work in child care centres. This renewed awareness was empowering leading teachers to feel more certain and confident about their complex teaching roles and their teaching decisions. Feeling better equipped to deal with ongoing complexity, the teachers were able to imagine new possibilities for their work and felt liberated to progress in new directions.

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ID Code: 1347
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: teachers, teachers' work, early childhood, professional development
Subjects: 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 1999 (please consult author)
Deposited On: 19 May 2005
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:25

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