Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who Am I ? Self Study using Visual Narrative to Improve Practice

By Coral Cara.

Published by The Arts Collection

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

A multi-layered self study journey that uses visual narrative as a means to improve practice and educator understandings. This paper reflects on analysis through a range of visual representations and visual narrative which enabled the documentation of practice. However, visual narrative and visual representations were purposely used as the means to share the stories of the author's work and practice. The author believes that this enabled deeper self study and self analysis as well as providing skill development. In addition, by presenting these visual stories to colleagues and peers, the author/researcher was able to interpret, clarify, modify, and justify their practice. Furthermore, by presenting the visual narratives to others, the self study also incorporated peer reflection. This practice based paper explores the self study journey.

Keywords: Visual Narrative, Self Study, Visual Representations, Learning Journey, Improving Practice, Documenting Practice

International Journal of the Arts in Society, Volume 5, Issue 6, pp.287-306. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.434MB).

Coral Cara

Lecturer/Academic, Faculty of Arts, Education and Human Development, School of Education, Victoria University, Melbourne, Australia

Coral Cara has an extended multi faceted career in education and is passionate about inclusive accessible education for all. She is an educator, consultant and lecturer across all sectors and levels. Coral is currently working with University preservice teachers using innovative effective teaching and learning strategies that are learner centred and inquiry based. Coral has worked extensively on creating inclusive multimodal teaching and learning that creates engagement, retention and improved outcomes for staff and students.


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