Rethinking Educational Practice Through Reflexive Inquiry: An Introduction

  • Nicole Mockler
  • Judyth Sachs
Part of the Professional Learning and Development in Schools and Higher Education book series (PROD, volume 7)


A festschrift recognises the contribution of a scholar’s work at an important point in their life. When Susan Groundwater-Smith’s 70th birthday was approaching and she was momentarily threatening to ‘retire’ (a threat that has since been revoked), we thought it timely to reflect on and celebrate her overall contribution to the field of education. We both have worked with Susan and acknowledge her commitment to understanding practice through theoretical, scholarly and practitioner interventions, as well as her contribution to our own lives and those of many others as scholars and educators. Given our respect for Susan and our delight in her, we wanted to find a way to publicly acknowledge Susan the Scholar and hence, the seed for an edited work in her honour was planted. After gaining agreement from prospective contributors and publisher, we divulged our collusion and shared our plans with Susan. She was both humbled and delighted and amazingly, for those of us who know her, temporarily lost for words.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of NewcastleOurimbahAustralia
  2. 2.Macquarie UniversitySydneyAustralia

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