The Educational Self as a Starting Point for Understanding and Self-study in Teaching and Teacher Education

Exploring Self Toward Expanding Teaching, Teacher Education and Practitioner Research

ISBN: 978-1-83982-263-6, eISBN: 978-1-83982-262-9

ISSN: 1479-3687

Publication date: 29 October 2020

Abstract

The educational self is a construct derived from cultural psychology that attempts to account for the role of educational experiences in the construction and elaboration of the self. It conceptualizes of self as a semiotic process that is both dialogical and polyphonic from its origin, yet grounded in some historically and culturally derived shared meanings and practices. The purpose of this chapter is to situate discussion of the educational self in the context of the United States and to explore its implications for teaching, teacher education, and self-study of practice via an examination of the life trajectory of the author that is both retrospective and introspective. An argument is put forward that examining the educational self represents a promising starting point for understanding and studying one's own teaching or teacher education practices.

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Ritter, J.K. (2020), "The Educational Self as a Starting Point for Understanding and Self-study in Teaching and Teacher Education", Ergas, O. and Ritter, J.K. (Ed.) Exploring Self Toward Expanding Teaching, Teacher Education and Practitioner Research (Advances in Research on Teaching, Vol. 34), Emerald Publishing Limited, pp. 129-142. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-368720200000034008

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