Cultivating Self-Study

Developing a Discourse to Better Understand a Particular Culture
Living reference work entry
Part of the Springer International Handbooks of Education book series (SIHE)


This chapter describes the development of self-study in teacher education practices in Iceland. Narratives of our development as teachers, teacher educators, and researchers, individually and collectively, are representative for our route to the creation of a self-study community. Particular attention is paid to discourses about teacher education practices. We give insights into how we have developed scholarly terms in our native language to be able to discuss within our community of practice the theoretical and methodological approach we have adopted in researching our own practice. Analyzing our vision, values, and beliefs helped us gain an understanding of our professional identities and become active change agents within our professional lives as we developed self-study of teacher education practices.


Discourse Teacher education Culture Language Community building Collaboration Inquiry 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of IcelandReykjavíkIceland

Section editors and affiliations

  • Hafdís Guðjónsdóttir
    • 1
  • Lynn Thomas
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of IcelandStakkahlídIceland
  2. 2.Université de SherbrookeSherbrookeCanada

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