Conceptions of Teacher Identity: Creating Self-Boxes as Arts-Based Self-Study

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    Abstract

    This paper presents a palimpsest of ways in which self-study draws upon arts-based methods not just as processes towards teacher development, but also as means to problematize and inquire into conceptualizations of the self. It focuses on the creation of individual self-boxes that mediate teachers’ dynamic narratives of identity. Concepts of the unitary self, the decentred self and the relationship between inner and outer experience are challenged and illustrated through two interlapping stories made manifest through the creation of self-boxes. From time immemorial man has known that he is the subject most deserving of his own study, but he has also fought shy of treating this subject as a whole, that is, in accordance with its total character. (Buber, 1947, p. 140)
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)145-163
    Number of pages19
    JournalLearning Landscapes
    Volume1(3)
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

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