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Investigating pre-service teacher learning: transformations and artful mindshift

Julie Arnold (School of Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Australia)

Qualitative Research Journal

ISSN: 1443-9883

Article publication date: 28 December 2020



This research explores the ways in which a pre-service teacher (Deidre) reflects on experiences to develop transformation into a professional educator. This study investigates how pre-service teachers engage in dialogue and art to elaborate and reflect on learning experiences, which provide evidence of mindshift and emergent knowledge and teacher identity.


Often difficult to measure and trace, this work presents the emerging transformation of a pre-service teacher through ethnographic methodology, stories and artful practice.


As part of a larger study, the design reveals transformative mindshift from pre-service teacher reflective stories. Data from interviews and artful practice reveal evidence of moments of pedagogical impact, which contribute to identity and professional practice (Clandinin et al., 2006; Loughran, 2006).

Social implications

Focusing on “what”, “when” and “how” transitions occur is explored to further understand the professional development in initial teacher education.


Building on research undertaken by Cochran-Smith and Lytle (1999), this investigation draws on artful reflections and stories to evidence elements of powerful pedagogical learning in order to teach in the world of professional practice.



Funding: No funding source is attached to this research.There has not been any financial interest or benefit that has arisen from direct applications of this research.Availability of data and material is not possible due the confidentiality as set out by the ethics processes.


Arnold, J. (2020), "Investigating pre-service teacher learning: transformations and artful mindshift", Qualitative Research Journal, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.



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