Seeming, being and becoming: lifelong learning and teacher transformation

Danaher, P. A. ORCID: (2014) Seeming, being and becoming: lifelong learning and teacher transformation. In: Weaving words: personal and professional transformation through writing as research. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom, pp. 221-235. ISBN 978-1-4438-5452-8

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Education exhibits light and shade, substance and illusion, hope and despair, reflection and anticipation. Education demonstrates the recurring ambivalence and uncertainty at its centre by creating new and powerful opportunities for some learners and their teachers and by helping to perpetuate others' marginalisation. For some, personal growth is accompanied by collective affirmation and the experience of being and becoming; for others, appearance is all and the potential associated with seeming is not translated into a lasting reality. This chapter presents a dialogue with the students' works about the theme of 'seeming, being and becoming' by linking their respective concerns and the convergences and divergences among those concerns with selected contemporary educational scholarship. In particular, the chapter examines education research that highlights the intersections and contradictions between lifelong learning and teacher transformation, which function as distilled encapsulations of the students' writing. The proposition is propounded that learners' and educators' woven words can be very powerful in promoting these enduringly sought aspirations. At the same time, seeming, being and becoming can readily turn into unattainable chimera and evanescent glimpses of other worlds that can leave learners and their teachers feeling dissatisfied and incomplete.

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Additional Information: © 2014 Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department (1 Jul 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - No Department (1 Jul 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2013 01:31
Last Modified: 07 Sep 2017 04:42
Uncontrolled Keywords: learning; goals; literature; creative writing; student teachers
Fields of Research (2008): 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
19 Studies in Creative Arts and Writing > 1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing > 190402 Creative Writing (incl. Playwriting)
22 Philosophy and Religious Studies > 2202 History and Philosophy of Specific Fields > 220202 History and Philosophy of Education
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3903 Education systems > 390307 Teacher education and professional development of educators
36 CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING > 3602 Creative and professional writing > 360201 Creative writing (incl. scriptwriting)
39 EDUCATION > 3902 Education policy, sociology and philosophy > 390202 History and philosophy of education
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education

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