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Storytelling and Professional Learning

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This essay explores the role that storytelling might play in the professional learning of English teachers. It begins by reflecting on the ways that stories shape our everyday lives, and then considers how the meaning-making potential of storytelling might enable us to gain insights into our work as educators. This is in contradistinction to the ‘knowledge’ currently privileged by standards-based reforms, most notably the fetish of measurement reflected in standardized testing. The essay concludes that stories are not simply a form of knowing but a vital means of making the world human to us.
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Keywords: autobiography; identity; practitioner inquiry; professional learning; storytelling

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: Faculty of Arts and Education, Deakin University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: April 3, 2015

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