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The Postmodern Educator

Arts-Based Inquiries and Teacher Development

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C.T. Patrick Diamond and Carol A. Mullen

The Postmodern Educator offers research stories of teachers and teacher educators who explore their own artistic and analytic practices in many different settings. Typically, arts-based research is presented only in theoretical and expository terms in the educational literature. In this book, however, the authors promote the development of arts-based narrative inquiries by using many artistic forms (stories, poems, narratives, visuals) to shape their topics of interest and those of their teacher colleagues. Teacher-researchers are invited, more generally, to reimagine not only their own research inquiries as forms of art but also the field of teacher education and development. Demonstration is the heart of this book. Chapters consist of a series of examples that illustrate arts-based inquiry and teacher development; dissertation supervision and completion; preservice and inservice teacher education; and other, less conventional, schooling contexts (academe, prisons). The actual literary and artistic examples provided are varied in form and content. A postmodern form of arts-based inquiry and teacher development emerges that is playful, self-referential, provocative, self-conscious, politically sensitive, and committed to reform ethics.