Stories Blending, Flowing Out: Connecting Teacher Professional Learning, Re-membering, and Storytelling

  • Kathleen Pithouse-MorganEmail author
  • Sandra Owén:nakon Deer-Standup
  • Thokozani Ndaleni
Part of the Studies in Arts-Based Educational Research book series (SABER, volume 2)


“Stories Blending, Flowing Out: Connecting Teacher Professional Learning, Re-membering, and Storytelling” by Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan, Sandra Owén:nakon Deer-Standup, and Thokozani Ndaleni, offers written research accounts of engaging with oral storytelling as an arts-based community and family practice. The chapter brings together mosaic pieces by two teacher-researchers, who, on different continents, have delved into teacher professional learning in relation to re-membering through mythical and personal stories. The mosaic pieces are complemented by a dialogue piece, which portrays how communicating with each other across continents and cultural contexts deepened and extended Sandra and Thokozani’s mindfulness of the educative potential of connecting re-membering, storytelling, and teacher professional learning. The chapter reveals how, as teacher-researchers retell their own stories and listen to others’ stories, they can make new sense of their past and present learning, and reimagine stories of the future.


Canada Memory-work Oral storytelling Mythical stories Personal stories South Africa Teacher professional learning 



We are grateful to our peer reviewer, Monica Taylor (Montclair State University, USA) whose critically constructive response enabled us to strengthen this chapter.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sandra Owén:nakon Deer-Standup
    • 2
  • Thokozani Ndaleni
    • 1
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of KwaZulu-NatalDurbanSouth Africa
  2. 2.Department of Integrated Studies in Education, Faculty of EducationMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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