Vulnerability: An uncomfortable means to a positive place

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Green, Nicole, Stewart, Cherry and Wolodko, Brenda. 2018. "Vulnerability: An uncomfortable means to a positive place." Black, Alison L. and Garvis, Susanne (ed.) Women activating agency in academia : metaphors, manifesto and memoir. London, United Kingdom. Routledge. pp. 145-156
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Vulnerability: An uncomfortable means to a positive place

Book Chapter CategoryEdited book (chapter)
ERA Publisher ID3137
Book TitleWomen activating agency in academia : metaphors, manifesto and memoir
AuthorsGreen, Nicole (Author), Stewart, Cherry (Author) and Wolodko, Brenda (Author)
EditorsBlack, Alison L. and Garvis, Susanne
Page Range145-156
Chapter Number14
Number of Pages12
Year2018
PublisherRoutledge
Place of PublicationLondon, United Kingdom
ISBN9781138551138
9781315147451
Web Address (URL)https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/edit/10.4324/9781315147451/women-activating-agency-academia-alison-black-susanne-garvis
Abstract

In this chapter we share our metaphors of transformation towards an academe environment. Metaphor has provided a powerful tool for capturing, making explicit, and thus transforming our tacit understandings of ourselves as individuals and the continual revisiting and reformation of our professional identities. Our initial metaphors shared with openness and an acceptance of a vulnerable state provided each of us with the self-confidence and ability to transition … our ways of being, thinking, and relating in academe. Through the process of sharing and analysing our metaphors, we have found that the metaphor images become embodied. Their significance to us, as colleagues, becomes carried forward and is often applied to new personal and professional situations. We have come to believe that accepting the state of vulnerability and working within it enhances the quality of relationships, positive interactions, and connections. Through doing so, we have a far greater understanding of our roles and responsibilities within a shared teaching and learning context - academe. Accepting, and working with our vulnerabilities, supports relationships absent of fear, ridicule, and harassment, and results in a sense of belonging and greater creative expression, exploration, and imagination.

Keywordsacademe environment; metaphors of transformation
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020399999. Other education not elsewhere classified
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