Pictures of practice: use of anecdote to investigate pedagogical practices

McGill, Michele (2006) Pictures of practice: use of anecdote to investigate pedagogical practices. The International Journal of Learning, 12 (2). pp. 241-254. ISSN 1447-9494

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Abstract

Anecdote, a specific form of narrative writing, can be used to spotlight, magnifY and explore events and their meanings in teachers' lives. The writing and re-writing of an anecdote about teaching or learning experiences provides an opportunity and means to assist teachers to reconsider what happened and what it means for their practice. This paper reports on the value and use of anecdote as a research tool, assisting teachers, from beginner to experienced. to access and understand specific critical incidents in their own teaching or learning. There have been two phases to this research. Thefirst phase involved the writing and re-writing of anecdotes and a theoretical coda. This sample of Tasmanian teachers was later interviewed as to the effects of the process and how their practice has been affected. The second phase involved the reading of the phase J anecdotes by a group of Queensland beginning and experienced teachers. This group was to identifY one anecdote that 'spoke' to their particular pedagogical beliefs and practices. The point at issue in this second phase of the research centres on an investigation into the extent to which other teachers' anecdotes may have an impact on their colleagues practice


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Published version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Authors retain copyright. Readers must contact Common Ground for permission to reproduce. COMMON GROUND PUBLISHING PO Box 463, Altona, Victoria, 3018, Australia. http://www.CommonGroundPublishing.com
Depositing User: Ms Leslie Blay
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 31 Mar 2010 12:27
Last Modified: 24 Jan 2012 05:11
Uncontrolled Keywords: narrative; research methodology; pedagogy; teacher practices
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170103 Educational Psychology
13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2001 Communication and Media Studies > 200105 Organisational, Interpersonal and Intercultural Communication
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930202 Teacher and Instructor Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/7184

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