Pictures of practice: use of anecdote to investigate pedagogical practices

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

ERA Journal ID20233
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AuthorMcGill, Michele
Journal TitleThe International Journal of Learning
Journal Citation12 (2), pp. 241-254
Number of Pages14
Year2006
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN1447-9494
1447-9540
Web Address (URL)http://www.learning-journal.com
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

Keywordsnarrative; research methodology; pedagogy; teacher practices
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520102. Educational psychology
390307. Teacher education and professional development of educators
470108. Organisational, interpersonal and intercultural communication
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