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Journal of Education (University of KwaZulu-Natal)

On-line version ISSN 2520-9868
Print version ISSN 0259-479X


WOITEK, Kirsten. Creative inquiry: Exploring teacher researcher self-reflexivity through arts-based self-study. Journal of Education [online]. 2020, n.78, pp.58-75. ISSN 2520-9868.

This teacher researcher self-study examines self-reflexive learning using artwork and poetic devices in order to explore my identity as an English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) teacher. It demonstrates how I developed my creative process and how my artistic research practices deepened my findings. The data includes my reflective journal and analytic memos, my teacher journal, personal notes from students, and teacher/colleague free writes. I also used a mirror cinquain poem as an analytical tool to help clarify my self-assessment. Through the analysis of my process and products, I gained perspective about myself as a teacher, explored my lived teacher experiences, and discovered how the use of inventive methods allowed new knowledge to inform my understanding of my teacher self.

Keywords : artwork; ESOL teacher; identity; inventive methods; poetic devices; self-reflexive; teacher researcher.

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