© 2009

Research Methods for the Self-study of Practice

  • Linda Fitzgerald
  • Melissa Heston
  • Deborah Tidwell

Part of the Self Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices book series (STEP, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxii
  2. Self-Study Through the Use of Text

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-2
    2. Rosa T. Chiu-Ching, Esther Yim-mei Chan
      Pages 17-33
  3. Self-Study Through Discourse and Dialogue

  4. Self-Study Through Visual Representation

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-100
    2. Morwenna Griffiths, Heather Malcolm, Zoè Williamson
      Pages 101-118
    3. Claudia Mitchell, Sandra Weber, Kathleen Pithouse
      Pages 119-134
    4. Deborah Tidwell, Mary P. Manke
      Pages 135-153
    5. Mary Lynn Hamilton, Stefinee Pinnegar
      Pages 155-170
  5. Self-Study on the Impact of Practice on Students

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 231-241

About this book


This volume presents 13 studies that provide concrete and authentic illustrations of self-study as it naturally unfolds across different educational settings. Each chapter provides in-depth descriptions of the context, method choices and processes used for self-study research, highlighting how researchers gather, analyze and make sense of data. All of these studies offer rich examples of the recursive processes so important in self-study research. The first section highlights the use of text as data to examine the meaning and value of teacher education practices. The second features self-studies using discourse and dialogue as data and often as actual analysis tools for examining practice. The third presents studies in which different forms of visual representations are used as data that illuminate the ideas, assumptions and experiences underlying practice. The final section presents self-studies focused on the impact of practice on teacher education programs, students, and faculty-student interactions.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Linda Fitzgerald
  • Melissa Heston
  • Deborah Tidwell

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Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Research Methods for the Self-study of Practice
  • Editors Deborah Tidwell
    Melissa Heston
    Linda Fitzgerald
  • Series Title Self Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices
  • Series Abbreviated Title Self Study of Teaching
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Netherlands 2009
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Humanities, Social Sciences and Law Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-1-4020-9513-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-8146-9
  • eBook ISBN 978-1-4020-9514-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages , 250
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Teaching and Teacher Education
    Learning & Instruction
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