Finding the image: Using photos to give voice to teacher educator professional learning

Missy Parker , Deirdre Ni Chroinin, Maura Coulter, Paul Mc Flynn, Ciaran Walsh

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Abstract

Our purpose was to explore the role of photocue reflection in the
professional learning of physical education teacher educators. Five
physical education teacher educators participated in a six-month
professional learning experience focused on communication.
Individual diaries including both photos and writing prompts,
photocue reflective diaries, were used as both a learning tool and
data source within a self-study of teacher education practices
methodological frame. Two themes represented the use of photocue
reflection: the multidimensional nature of the professional
development experience and the use of photocue reflection to
enhance reflective processes by supporting reflection on reflection-in-
action. Photocue reflection supported identification and analysis of
meaningful events related to communication. The processes helped
participants to appreciate the significance of communication,
clarifying understandings, and making connections to their teacher
education practices. Insight is shared on the merits of photocue
reflection in scaffolding professional learning experiences and in
combining both a learner and teacher role within professional
development activities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)110-128
Number of pages19
JournalCurriculum Studies in Health and Physical Education
Volume11
Issue number2
Early online date26 Apr 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2020

Keywords

  • Visual methods
  • physical education
  • professional development
  • reflection
  • teacher educators

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