• Joshua Spier


This chapter raises an existential question that sparked this book: What does it mean to be a university educator? In this first chapter, Spier extends an invitation for the reader to think along with him as he gathers and interprets university teachers’ stories about their everyday experiences. It is an invitation to look for shared and vital ontological dynamics that are easily missed or forgotten. This chapter also provides some background to a niche field of professional education shared by the storytellers, before giving an overview of a Heideggerian hermeneutic phenomenological approach and research process used to understand the lived experience of being a university educator.


Being a university educator Higher education Youth worker education Youth work Hermeneutic phenomenology Stories of lived experience 


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  • Joshua Spier
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  1. 1.College of Education, Psychology and Social WorkFlinders UniversityAdelaideAustralia

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