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Teaching, Learning, and Enacting of Self-Study Methodology

Unraveling a Complex Interplay

  • Jason K. Ritter
  • Mieke Lunenberg
  • Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan
  • Anastasia P. Samaras
  • Eline Vanassche


  • Describes how leaders in the self-study community engage others in learning about and enacting self-study

  • Offers embedded exemplars of self-study teaching and learning in progress across diverse settings, fields, and contexts

  • Examines an international overview of contributions from teacher educators, teachers and other academics


Part of the Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices book series (STEP, volume 19)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xii
  2. Teaching, Learning, and Enacting of Self-Study Methodology in the United States

  3. Teaching, Learning, and Enacting of Self-Study Methodology in the Netherlands

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 99-99
    2. Amanda Berry, Paul van den Bos, Janneke Geursen, Mieke Lunenberg
      Pages 111-129
    3. Ari de Heer, Martine van Rijswijk, Hanneke Tuithof
      Pages 149-161
    4. Mieke Lunenberg, Amanda Berry, Paul van den Bos, Janneke Geursen, Els Hagebeuk, Ari de Heer et al.
      Pages 163-172

About this book


This book offers a collection of original, peer-reviewed studies by scholars working to develop a knowledge base of teaching and facilitating self-study research methodology. Further, it details and interconnects perspectives and experiences of new self-study researchers and their facilitators, in self-study communities in different countries and across different continents. Offering a broad range of perspectives and contexts, it opens up possibilities for encouraging the collaborative and continuous growth of teaching and facilitating self-study research within and beyond the field of teacher education. The breadth of the scholarship presented expands scholarly discussions concerning designing, representing, and theorising self-study research in response to pressing educational and social questions. By documenting and understanding what teaching and learning self-study looks like in different contexts and what factors might influence its enactment, the book contributes to building a kaleidoscopic knowledge base of self-study research. Overall, this book demonstrates the impact on participants' professional learning and validates the authenticity and generative professional applications of self-study methodology for and beyond teacher education, providing implications and recommendations for practitioners on a global level.


Teacher Education Teacher educators Professional development Professional learning qualitative inquiry transdisciplinary faculty development arts-based research teaching excellence higher education pedagogy of teacher education

Editors and affiliations

  • Jason K. Ritter
    • 1
  • Mieke Lunenberg
    • 2
  • Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan
    • 3
  • Anastasia P. Samaras
    • 4
  • Eline Vanassche
    • 5
  1. 1.Duquesne UniversityPittsburgUSA
  2. 2.VU University AmsterdamAmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.University of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  4. 4.George Mason UniversityFairfaxUSA
  5. 5.University of East LondonLondonUnited Kingdom

About the editors

Jason K. Ritter is Associate Professor in the Department of Instruction and Leadership in Education at Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, and the Content Area Director for graduate and undergraduate social studies education. His research focuses on better understanding and promoting the notion of teaching as a process of critical inquiry capable of fulfilling the democratic mission of schooling, which has led to related interests in the professional learning and development of teacher educators. 

Mieke Lunenberg is Associate Professor at VU University Amsterdam, the Netherlands. An expert on the professional development of teacher educators, she has had a leading role in several national projects for supporting the professional development of teacher educators. She has also worked with teacher educators in other countries and is a founding member of the International Forum for Teacher Educator Development (InFo-TED). She has written numerous publications on teacher educators.

Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan is Associate Professor of Teacher Development Studies at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The trajectory of her academic work has led to an original conceptualisation of “polyvocal professional learning”, which makes visible how dialogic encounters with diverse ways of seeing and knowing can deepen and extend professional learning. This conceptualisation was developed in collaboration with Anastasia P. Samaras and is the focus of their recent edited book, Polyvocal Professional Learning through Self-Study Research (2015).

Anastasia P. Samaras is Professor of Education at the College of Education and Human Development at George Mason University, Virginia, USA and Division Director of Elementary, Literacy, and Secondary Education Programs. Her research centres on neo-Vygotskian-based applications in transdisciplinary self-study of professional learning communities and include Polyvocal Professional Learning through Self-Study Research (2015) and Self-Study Teacher Research (2011) which she has taught to students, classroom teachers and faculty.

Eline Vanassche is a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellow 2017-2019 at the University of East London. She is a former assistant professor at Maastricht University and postdoctoral researcher at the University of Leuven where she was awarded her PhD in Education. Her research interests include the nature of teacher educators' professionalism and its development throughout their careers, with a particular focus on the interplay between teacher educators and the social and structural contexts of their work. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Teaching, Learning, and Enacting of Self-Study Methodology
  • Book Subtitle Unraveling a Complex Interplay
  • Editors Jason K. Ritter
    Mieke Lunenberg
    Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan
    Anastasia P. Samaras
    Eline Vanassche
  • Series Title Self-Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices
  • Series Abbreviated Title Self Study of Teaching
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd. 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-8104-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4066-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-8105-7
  • Series ISSN 1875-3620
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-1850
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XII, 328
  • Number of Illustrations 23 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Teaching and Teacher Education
    Research Methods in Education
    Professional & Vocational Education
    Learning & Instruction
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