In the past few weeks I have been thinking about the idea of 'personal pedagogies' the pedagogical knowledge, theory and beliefs we develop over time, from many different sources and experiences that we make our own and draw upon in order to practice as a teacher, facilitator, activist or whatever role requires us to draw upon this resource.
One of the things I did was to facilitate a #lthechat on Twitter to explore the idea with people who were interested. The format of Twitter is quite limiting for explanation of complex ideas so I created a picture to stimulate discussion (Figure 1). Pictures are the way I visualise something they enable me to make what I imagine visible and they enable me to engage people and gain their perspectives (feedback) on my ideas. I know from many experiences that this works especially if the picture is incomplete and people can add their own ideas or alternative perspectives.
Figure 1 The first version of my personal pedagogies visualisation used in the #lthechat 08/13/17
I use this illustration to show how, with a bit of effort, we can construct a biography that seeks to make sense of our pedagogical journey and identify the origin of the knowledge, beliefs and values that influence our thinking and practice as a higher education teacher.
If you would like to join our Personal Pedagogies project please join our open conversation between March 27-31 on the #creativeHE Google+ Forum
During this conversation you will be encouraged to create and share your own pedagogical narrative.
Alternatively, if you would like to create and share your own pedagogical narrative I would be very interested to see it.
Mcinerney L (2012) Schooling Biography blog post