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Transformative educational development scholarship: beginning with ourselves

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Self-study is a process of examining our beliefs and actions and exploring questions of practice that arise in particular contexts; the provisional answers we formulate present implications for practice. If we approach self-study guided by an ethic of authenticity, it can be an effective approach to the scholarship of teaching and learning, and has the potential to counter the performative culture of our institutions and transform higher education. The paper provides an introduction to self-study for educational developers who are interested in this challenging yet rewarding approach to scholarly inquiry. Educational developers are encouraged to use self-study to explore, improve - and perhaps transform - their own practice, and to contribute to the growth of academic development as a field of study and practice. Le scholarship du developpement pedagogique visant la transformation : debuter avec nous-memes L'etude de soi (self-study) est un processus nous permettant d'examiner nos croyances et nos actions, et d'explorer des questions pratiques qui surviennent dans des contextes particuliers. Les reponses provisoires que nous formulons nous fournissent des pistes pour la pratique. Si nous approchons l'etude de soi en etant guide par une ethique de l'authenticite, il peut s'agir d'une approche efficace de scholarship de l'enseignement et de l'apprentissage, et avoir le potentiel de faire obstacle a la culture de la performance presente dans nos institutions. Cette approche peut meme transformer l'enseignement superieur. Cet article fournit une introduction a la notion d'etude de soi pour les conseillers pedagogiques qui sont interesses par cette approche de l'enquete academique se voulant a la fois gratifiante mais pleine de defi. Les conseillers pedagogiques sont encourages a utiliser l'etude de soi pour explorer, ameliorer - et peut-etre transformer - leur propre pratique, et contribuer a la croissance du developpement pedagogique en tant que champ d'etude et de pratique.
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Keywords: educational development; scholarship of teaching and learning; self-study; transformative learning

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Queen's University, Canada

Publication date: 2009-06-01

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