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Title: Bridging the Methodological Gap between Self, Practice and Research
Contributor(s): Freak, Annette  (author); Miller, Judith Anne  (author)orcid ; Haynes, John Ewen  (author)
Publication Date: 2007
Open Access: Yes
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Abstract: This methodological paper emerges from an investigation of the varying levels of pre-service teacher professional preparedness. More specifically, the variable to be measured is the rigor and relevance of the instruction planned to teach the moving skills of the NSW PDHPE K-6 syllabus. At this stage, this variable is a potential indicator of professional progression along a specialisation pathway during initial teacher education at UNE. As the principal researcher is concurrently involved in the design, implementation and assessment of unit offerings in the B.Ed, the objectivity of the individual is open to question. The dual position of practitioner and research-practitioner is a challenge to the design process and is central to this report. This paper focuses on the idea that the gap between self, practice and research can be bridged through 'reflection by introspection' using the technique of 'crafting portrayals'. Essentially, this method makes explicit self-understanding, tacit knowledge, 'taken-for-granted' assumptions and preconceptions that may otherwise distort or heighten the perception of 'what is happening'. The data from the descriptive, interpretive and explanatory portrayals describe the research-practitioner moving from the situational to the theoretical. The robustness and application of the method is presented through example.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Name: Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research, Armidale, Australia, 8th - 11th August, 2006
Conference Details: Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research, Armidale, Australia, 8th - 11th August, 2006
Source of Publication: Bridging the Gap between Ideas and Doing Research: Proceedings of the Inaugural Postgraduate Research Conference, p. 94-108
Publisher: Australian College of Educators
Place of Publication: Deakin West, Australia
Field of Research (FOR): 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
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