An exploration (and creation) of meaningful teacher educator practises

Scanlon, Dylan, Alex, Beckey, Wintle, Jordan ORCID: 0000-0002-1195-4964 and Mats, Hordvik (2022) An exploration (and creation) of meaningful teacher educator practises. In: AIESEP WORLD CONGRESS, 15th-18th June 2022, Griffith University, Australia and Online.

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Pedagogical principles for teacher educators have been developed to support pre-service teachers’ learning in teaching meaningful physical education (Ní Chróinín, Fletcher, & O’Sullivan, 2018). We question teacher educators’ capability to engage with such principles if such teacher educators are not aware of what practises are meaningful to them. While pedagogical principles for teacher educators have been developed (Ní Chróinín et al., 2018), there is less focus on what practises are meaningful for teacher educators. To explore this, four teacher educators (from Ireland, England, and Norway) engaged in collaborative self-study (Ovens & Fletcher, 2014). We decided to begin our self-study by engaging in narrative inquiry and exploring what teacher educator practises are meaningful to us. By gaining an understanding of this, we can then look to develop and enhance our practice to teach for meaningful teacher education experiences. We engaged in a storytelling data collection process whereby each of us shared a story of ‘meaningful’ and ‘meaningless’ teacher educator practises. These stories elicited other associated stories and we collected stories over five recorded zoom meetings, critical discussions, and note-taking. Findings highlighted the importance of (individual and collective) reflection in translating meaningless experiences into meaningful teacher educator practises, the complexities of (meaningful) teacher education, and the necessity of space for teacher educators to develop meaningful teacher educator practises. This presentation shares the complexity of becoming a teacher educator and prompts the audience to consider what is meaningful to them and the possibilities within that for an overall enhanced teacher education experience.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Other)
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
Divisions: Schools and Research Institutes > School of Education and Science
Research Priority Areas: Applied Business & Technology
Depositing User: Jordan Wintle
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2022 16:08
Last Modified: 01 Sep 2023 15:54

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