Constructing Spaces for Professional Development in an Action Research Course: A Self-Study of Teacher Educators’ Practice

Karen Rut Gísladóttir, Edda Óskarsdóttir, Svanborg Rannveig Jónsdóttir

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Teacher education has an important role in preparing teachers for active participation in creating future educational context. We are three teacher educators at the University of Iceland exploring how we can enhance our teaching in an action research course at graduate level. The aim of this research is to strengthen our professionalism to give teacher students opportunities to develop their understanding of action research. The objective is to illuminate how we bring our professional identities together supporting students in developing their emerging identities as action researchers. Data was generated and analyzed by mapping our journeys into teacher education, specifically in teaching action research, highlighting incidents and individuals that impacted our educational beliefs. Data included three-step interviews and material generated within the course. We searched for pedagogic turning points to identify opportunities for enriching our understanding of practice and develop pedagogical discourses. Findings illuminate how our professional identities and beliefs emerged and developed in the process of supporting students negotiating their identities as action researchers. We argue that by sharing our challenges and experimenting, knowing that we are there for each other, we generate new possibilities and perspectives for understanding and being, personally and professionally.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPausing at the Threshold
Subtitle of host publicationOpportunity Through, With, and For Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices
EditorsAbby Cameron-Standerford, Bethney Bergh, Christi U. Edge
PublisherEquity Press
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2023


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