Exploring the Concept of Dialogue in the Self-Study of Teaching Practices

  • Peggy Placier
  • Stefinee Pinnegar
  • Mary Lynn Hamilton
  • Karen Guilfoyle
Part of the Self Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices book series (STEP, volume 2)


This papaer examines professional dialogue as a crucial element in r self-study practice and research. Over time our group has consistently employed professional dialogue to critically explore our work. Using electronic communiqués, institutional documents, informal interviews, and more we have recorded and analyzed our experiences in academia and beyond. In this work we begin to question Dialogue as either method or methodology. We consider the interweaving: how we talk about practice and how we practice teaching and teacher education individually, collectively, and individually again. We consider the themes of community, cycles, and knowledge building for knowing and using dialogue. Finally we assert that through dialogue, we come to more clearly walk our talk.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peggy Placier
    • 1
  • Stefinee Pinnegar
    • 2
  • Mary Lynn Hamilton
    • 3
  • Karen Guilfoyle
    • 4
  1. 1.University of Missouri-ColumbiaUSA
  2. 2.Brigham Young UniversityUSA
  3. 3.University of KansasUSA
  4. 4.University of IdahoUSA

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