In My Own Handwriting

Textual Evidence and Self-Study
  • Claudia Mitchell
Part of the Self Study of Teaching and Teacher Education Practices book series (STEP, volume 2)


This chapter provides a narrative account of the use of diaries and journals as memory work texts in self-study. While the idea of using journal writing is not new within the area of reflective practice and self-study (and indeed, is often regarded as ‘the’ method) what is apparent in this chapter is the way in which these documents, like photographs, serve as textual evidence in studying the interplay of past, present, and future in our work as teachers and teacher educators. In reviewing diaries and journals that were written in my first years of teaching, I consider some of the ways that this work can contribute to work with beginning teachers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Claudia Mitchell
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  1. 1.University of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa

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