Picturing a More Hopeful Future: Teacher-Researchers Drawing Early Memories of School

  • Kathleen Pithouse-MorganEmail author
  • Hlengiwe (Mawi) Makhanya
  • Graham Downing
  • Nontuthuko Phewa
Part of the Studies in Arts-Based Educational Research book series (SABER, volume 2)


“Picturing a More Hopeful Future: Teacher-Researchers Drawing Early Memories of School” by Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan, Hlengiwe (Mawi) Makhanya, Graham Downing, and Nontuthuko Phewa brings together three exemplars from teacher-researchers who have used memory drawing as an arts-based method for self-study research. The three mosaic pieces offer diverse yet also complementary stories brought forth by South African teachers’ drawings of early memories of school in the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. The drawings and accompanying written reflections offer access to poignant stories of the past, with a shared ethical purpose of engendering new and more optimistic stories for the future. Overall, the chapter illustrates the usefulness and impact of memory drawing as an emotional entry point for teachers’ future-oriented remembering.


Arts-based methods Memory drawing Memories of school Memory-work South Africa Teacher professional learning 



We are grateful to our peer reviewer, Dorothy Jean Stuart (University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa), for her encouraging and insightful feedback on this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Hlengiwe (Mawi) Makhanya
    • 1
  • Graham Downing
    • 1
  • Nontuthuko Phewa
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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