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Self-Study Teacher Research as a Movement for Inside-Out Educational Change

Self-Study Teacher Research as a Movement for Inside-Out Educational Change - Available at University of Iceland
Mon, 04/12/2023 - 13:00 to 15:00

Stakkahlíð / Háteigsvegur

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Workshop:  Self-Study Teacher Research as a Movement for Inside-Out Educational Change

Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan, University of Nottingham and the University of KwaZulu-Natal holds a workshop on December 4 from 1 - 3 pm in classroom K-208 in Stakkahlíð.

This workshop is a journey into the heart of self-study methodology, a transformative research approach that began in the early 1990s and has since revolutionised the field of teaching and teacher education.

What to Expect:

Learn from the experiences of four remarkable South African schoolteachers – Khulekani Luthuli, Ntokozo Mkhize, S’phiwe Madondo, and Nontuthuko Phewa – who have harnessed the power of self-study in their doctoral research. Their stories are not just narratives but beacons of inspiration, showcasing how self-study can catalyse professional and educational transformation.

Dive into the core purposes of self-study teacher research. Witness some of its diverse forms and discuss vital research topics such as ethics, quality, and trustworthiness.

Engage in an ‘object circle’ and a ‘memory drawing’ activity. These hands-on exercises will guide you to introspect and understand your focus and purpose as a teacher and researcher more profoundly.


Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan is a professor in the School of Education at the University of Nottingham and an honorary professor at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Her research on professional learning assists teachers in seeing themselves as inspired, creative learners who lead context-appropriate change. She incorporates self-study, poetic inquiry, memory-work, autoethnography, and narrative inquiry into her work. She promotes and studies collaborative creativity in research and education using arts-inspired methods.

Kathleen is a co-convenor of the Arts-Based Educational Research Special Interest Group (SIG) of the British Educational Research Association (BERA). She is the past chair of the Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices (S-STEP) SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA). She is also the past convenor of the Self-Reflexive Methodologies SIG of the South African Education Research Association (SAERA). Previously in South Africa, Kathleen was the 2019 recipient of the Higher Education Learning and Teaching Association of Southern Africa’s National Excellence in Teaching and Learning Award, recognised for advancing research-led teaching excellence. In 2020, Kathleen received the SAERA Research Honours Award for outstanding contributions to educational research in South Africa over a sustained period.


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