Learning to become Higher Education Teachers: Autobiographical Accounts

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In this workshop, we will provide a space for creating personal and professional accounts based on how do we become teachers with the aim of writing a global narrative of learning to teach in higher education. This proposal is based on the research project entitled The Impact of Social Change in Higher Education Staff, Professional Life and Work (Ministerio de Educación y Ciencia SEJ2006-01876) carried out during the last three years. The main goal of the project is to explore and understand how Spanish scholars establish a dialog with, resist, adapt themselves to or adopt changes, and how they construct their professional identities.

Methodologically, after presenting the autobiographical accounts of the researchers as higher education teachers to the participants, we will encourage them to construct and share their autobiographical accounts as teachers by experimenting with theories and tools of narrative inquiry. In addition, we will interpret and discuss the emerging topics that these narratives can reflect –for example, aspects of training, mentoring and collaborative culture; achievements, challenges and tensions; work conditions; dialogues and negotiations with higher education curricula, institutions, knowledge and students.


Keywords: Autobiography, Higher Education, Professional Identity, Narrative Inquiry
Stream: Teacher Training and Professional Development
Presentation Type: 60 minute Workshop Presentation in English
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Dr Montserrat Rifà-Valls

Assistant Professor, Art Education
Faculty of Education, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Barcelona, Spain

Ph.D in curriculum studies and member of the research project: The Impact of Social Change in Higher Education Staff, Professional Life and Work (Universitat de Barcelona). She also teaches curriculum and art education in pre-service teacher education courses at the Faculty of Education (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Prof. Juana M Sancho Gil

Professor, Educational Technology, University of Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Educational Researcher and director of the research project: The Impact of Social Change in Higher Education Staff, Professional Life and Work. She also teaches educational technology (Universitat de Barcelona).

Dr. Alejandra Montané

Lecturer at the Faculty of Pedagogy, Department of Didactics and Educational Organization, Universitat de Barcelona
Barcelona, Spain

Member of the research project: The Impact of Social Change in Higher Education Staff, Professional Life and Work (Universitat de Barcelona)

Patricia Hermosilla

Assistant Teacher, Didactics and Educational Organization, Universitat de Barcelona
Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

She is member of the research project: The Impact of Social Change in Higher Education Staff, Professional Life and Work (Universitat de Barcelona)

Sandra Martínez

Assistant Teacher, Universitat de Barcelona
Barcelona, Barcelona, Spain

She is member of the research project: The Impact of Social Change in Higher Education Staff, Professional Life and Work (Universitat de Barcelona)

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