Exploring Weavings of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices through Self-Study Research

“It’s human nature to stretch, to go, to see, to understand.

Exploration is not a choice really; it’s an imperative.”

 Michael Collins, Apollo 11 Astronaut

“A good life is like a weaving. Energy is created in the tension. The struggle, the pull and tug are everything.”

Joan Erickson

To weave is to form, to interlace, to construct, to compose through the interlacing of threads, elements, and details. To explore is to search the unknown, to inquire into and discuss, to examine or evaluate. Chapters in section one illuminate how teachers and teacher educators explore the intricate and complex weavings of their professional practices through self-study. In the process of exploring, self-study researchers ravel and unravel new understandings.

The act of exploration can guide us to discover, see, and re-see self, others, professional practices, the spaces within, between and around us—the tapestries we live, tell, teach, and inquire into. The metaphorical weavings of teaching, teacher education, learning, identity, experience, and knowing are formed, reformed, and transformed through self-study.

Together, chapters in section one interlace threads from diverse professional practice settings for purposes of understanding anew, for improving practice, for informing our scholarly community. Self-study researchers uncover threads that stitch and form their meaning-making. Self-study researchers generate and share knowledge of teaching and teacher education practices, challenging readers to pause and consider the larger tapestries of which we are a part—tapestries we weave, teach, are, and become.  

Tapestries of TeachingStrengthening the Fabric, Untangling the KnotsWeaving the Personal and Professional Threads of My Communication Pedagogy to Envision New Ways of Thinking and KnowingStriving to Sustain OurselvesKnit 1, Purl 1A Journey Toward Course Assessment as a Relational Practice in Mathematics MethodsPraxis, Pedagogy, and the Life of Being Exploring New Ways of Knowing as Ex-AdministratorsA Self-Study of Aligning Pedagogy with Technology in Online Course DesignSelf-Study and the ApparatusSuper Model...You Better Work Navigating Stranger ThingsVisibility in Virtual SpaceReflecting on Supporting the Development of Reflexivity in Pre-Service TeachersWeaving the Tapestry of my Academic Identity in Three PanelsExploring the Power of Metaphors to Build the Boat through Self-StudyS-STEP in Comparative and International EducationShared Learning, Different ContextsExploring IntersectionalityAn Ethic of Care and Shifting Self-Study ResearchThe Legacy of a MurderRe-connecting to the Classroom Teacher Within UsPulling at Loose ThreadsLooking Back, Looking Forward Identity Theft on the Way to an Administrative RoleRetrospective Self-Study

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