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Beginning with Trusted Friends: Venturing Out to Work Collaboratively in Our Institutions

Show simple item record Kosnik, Clare Freese, Anne Samaras, Anastasia P. 2007-11-26T20:18:52Z 2007-11-26T20:18:52Z 2006
dc.description.abstract Aself-study community encourages the sharing of experiences and new insights, both positive and negative. The building of knowledge develops through dialogue in a personal-constructivist-collaborative approach (Beck, Freese, & Kosnik, 2004). Loughran and Northfield (1998) note that the individual perspective may be a significant paradox in self-study terminology. The term, self-study, suggests that the individual is the focus of the study, yet self-study is a collective task (Elijah, 2004; Ham & Kane, 2004). Samaras & Freese (2006) write of this paradox of self-study as both personal and interpersonal. It is as if the community leads (Vygotsky, 1978) or completes (Newman & Holzman, 1993) development. Collaboration does not mean harmony. Interactions may cause the individual to question his/her position or those of others as they develop new understandings. Beyond the cognitive level, self-study scholars have the emotional support of self-study colleagues who are invested in improving learning and teaching through selfstudy. Kosnik, Beck, and Freese (2004) state that an inclusive and equitable self-study community fosters personal and professional growth which impacts program development. LaBoskey (2004) affirms the need for a supportive and interactive community in the knowledge building process. This paper addresses the impact of our collaborative experiences in the self-study community. We discuss how it has supported and influenced our personal and professional thinking as well as our work in our home institutions.
dc.language.iso en en
dc.relation.ispartofseries 6TH International Conference on S-Step: Collaboration And Community: Pushing Boundaries en
dc.subject collaboration en_US
dc.subject Education en_US
dc.subject self-study en_US
dc.title Beginning with Trusted Friends: Venturing Out to Work Collaboratively in Our Institutions en
dc.type Article en

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