Newsletter: June 2012

Today, June 20th, is the summer solstice (longest day of the year) for the northern hemisphere and the winter solstice (shortest day of the year) for the southern hemisphere.  I am sure you are out celebrating this important astronomical marker heralding the next season of our year. Either way, it’s a great day to think about (and write) your proposals for the 2013 AERA annual meeting, to be held in beautiful San Francisco, California.  As you prepare your proposals, do consider submitting more than one to the S-STEP SIG. Our slots for presentations are determined by the demand – meaning that the more proposals we have the more slots we will be granted by the system.

The theme for the 2013 annual meeting is  Education and Poverty: Theory, Research, Policy and Praxis. As this will be a non-castle year (no Castle Conference in 2013), there will also be a preconference gathering of the S-STEP SIG, which is currently in the planning phase.

The deadline for the submission of proposals is Sunday, July 22nd.

For more information about the submission requirements,  go to:

As you complete and submit your proposals, please do consider volunteering to serve as a chair or discussant for the program.  For information regarding volunteering to serve as a chair or discussant, go to:

We look forward to another outstanding meeting both in the quality of the presentations we will have representing our SIG, and in the location of the conference in fabulous San Francisco!


Tom Russell, a leader in the self-study research community, was honored recently by the Canadian Association for Teacher Education (CATE), receiving the first-ever award for Outstanding Contribution to Research. Many of you know Tom for his writing on self-study research, his presentations at national and international conferences on research on teacher education practices, and his leadership in the self-study community. But many of you also know Tom as the guru of organization for pulling together the details for the International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices, which has taken place in England every two years since 1996.

Congratulations to Tom for this well deserved honor and recognition.  For more information about this award, please check out the following website:


SECRETARY POSITION – Recent changes in the SIG’s by-laws calls for the separation of the Secretary-Treasurer position into two unique positions of Secretary and of Treasurer.  Jill Farrell will continue her role as Treasurer through the 2013 conference. There are two candidates running for the new position of Secretary:  Lesley Coia and Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan.  The following bios provide information on each of the candidates:

*Lesley Coia is an associate professor of education at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Georgia, USA. She has been involved with the self-study of teacher education practices SIG since 2004 when she presented at the sixth Castle conference. Since then she has been a regular presenter, along with her co-author Monica Taylor at the Castle conference. Together they have published several book chapters on self-study including ‘Developing a co/autoethnographic account of teaching experience,’ in D. Tidwell, M. Heston & L. Fitzgerald (Eds.), Research methods for the self-study of practice;  ‘Co/autoethnography: Investigating teachers in relation,’ in C. Lassonde, S. Galman, & C. Kosnik (Eds.), Self-study research methodologies for teacher educators; and ‘From the inside out, and the outside in: Co/autoethnography as a means of professional renewal,’ in C. Kosnik, C. Beck, A. R. Freese, & A. P. Samaras (Eds.), Making a difference in teacher education through self-study.  Lesley is also a reviewer for Studying Teacher Education, and Emotion, Space and Society. In addition to her work in self-study, she is involved in refugee education and has presented several papers on this work to local, national and international audiences. Prior to becoming a teacher educator, Lesley taught English and Drama at the secondary level in England and English as a Foreign Language in Sweden.

*Kathleen Pithouse-Morgan is a Senior Lecturer in Teacher Development Studies in the School of Education, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. Kathleen’s research interests include teacher development, self-study of practice, memory studies, HIV & AIDS education, collaborative scholarship, and creative approaches in education and research. She is lead editor of an interdisciplinary book on self-study titled Making Connections: Self-Study & Social Action (Pithouse, Mitchell, & Moletsane, 2009, Peter Lang) and co-editor of the books, Teaching and HIV & AIDS (Mitchell & Pithouse, 2009, MacMillan) and Memory and Pedagogy (Mitchell, Strong-Wilson, Pithouse, & Allnutt, 2011, Routledge). She is the author/ co-author of a number of peer reviewed journal articles and book chapters, the most recent being “Letters to those who dare feel: Using reflective letter-writing to explore the emotionality of research”, published in the International Journal of Qualitative Methods (2012). Kathleen has also given a range of refereed conference presentations at local and international conferences. She is lead editor of a forthcoming themed edition of the Journal of Education (South Africa), titled, Memory and Pedagogy: Beyond Nostalgia. The articles in this special issue call attention to the educational significance and challenges of working with memory and self in relation to pedagogy in South Africa. Kathleen has served as reviewer for a range of academic journals, including, Girlhood Studies, Journal of Education, Perspectives in Education, Journal of Psychology in Africa, Alternation, Educational Research for Social Change, Social Aspects of HIV/AIDS, as well as for the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). In addition to currently leading two funded research projects at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Memory and Teacher Development Studies and Self-Reflexive Research Supervision, Kathleen is a co-investigator on the NRF-funded Transformative Education/al Studies (TES) project. TES is a three-year (2011-2013) project involving researchers from the Durban University of Technology, Walter Sisulu University and the University of KwaZulu-Natal. This project aims to enhance and study the development of graduate researcher and supervisor capacity through participation in an inter-institutional, trans-disciplinary learning community of academic staff who are pursuing and supervising Masters and Doctoral degrees using the approach of self-study of educational practice.

AERA is in the process of developing the ballot for the election. The announcement of the election and the website for voting will be sent from the AERA office to all active S-STEP SIG members once the ballot is ready.

PROGRAM CHAIRS FOR 2013 – As part of the revisions in the S-STEP SIG by-laws, the program chair was changed from an elected position to an appointed position.  As announced at the S-STEP SIG business meeting during the 2012 AERA conference, Nancy Brown and Jason Ritter have agreed to take on the role of program co-chairs, and will serve for the 2013 and 2014 AERA conferences.  The position of program chair is a demanding role and we are delighted to have Nancy and Jason agree to become the program co-chairs for the S-STEP SIG.  Our thanks to Renee Clift and James Muchmore, the outgoing program co-chairs, for their outstanding work over the last two years, increasing our collaboration with other like-minded SIGs (Action Research and Teachers as Researchers) and providing innovative programming while maintaining the quality and integrity of the program development process.  Both Renee and Jim have graciously offered to share their experiences/expertise and provide support to Nancy and Jason as they take over the reins of program leadership.

CASTLE CONFERENCE EDITORIAL TEAM – Over the past four years, Janet Young, Lynnette Erickson, and Stefinee Pinnegar have served as the editorial team for the Castle Conference, providing leadership in the review process and in the editing of the proceedings for the 2010 and 2012 conferences.  Their tireless work makes the running of the castle program appear seamless, and yet what is not seen overtly is their collaboration with the reviewers and paper authors, creating a published proceeding that both informs and enhances the Castle experience. When they announced that this would be their last conference as the editorial team, we began having conversations among the SIG officers and the current Castle editors, as well as across SIG members to recruit a new editorial team for 2014. After several months of discussion and conferring with interested individuals, I am delighted to announce that Dawn Garbett and Alan Ovens have agreed to take over the editor roles for the 2014 International Conference on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices.  I know we all thank Dawn and Alan whole-heartedly for their willingness to serve in this capacity. We also thank Janet, Lynette, and Stefinee for their incredible editorial work and for their willingness to provide insights and expertise to the new incoming editorial team.


The August 15-19 international conference on self-study of teacher education practices is fast approaching.  This year there are over 140 people attending the conference. For the first time the conference will be offering a preconference workshop on Wednesday, August 15, entitled Promoting Core Reflection in Coaching by Drs. Fred Korthagen, Younghee Kim, and William Greene.  This is a wonderful conference in its location at the Herstmonceux Castle in East Sussex and in the collaborative community of researchers that come together for an enlightening and intellectually stimulating five days.

For information on the 2012 international conference (including information for first time delegates), go to

There is still time for those attending to sign up for taxi sharing with others. For more information, check out the Taxis information on the Castle Conference 2012 web page.


In June, the Canadian Association for Teacher Education published an e-book titled “Canadian Perspectives in the Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices” edited by Julian Kitchen and Tom Russell. This book features an introduction to S-STEP by Kitchen and Russell, as well as 7 previously published articles by leading Canadian S-STEP teacher educators: Russell, Cole/Knowles, Clarke/Erickson, Bullock, Kitchen, Hopper/Sanford and Kosnik/Beck.

Routledge has published a new 2012 self-study book by Linda Kroll, entitled, Self-Study and Inquiry into Practice: Learning to Teach for Equity and Social Justice in the Elementary School Classroom. For more information about this great text, go to

The newest volume in the Self-Study of Teacher Education series published by Springer was introduced at the 2012 AERA conference: Self-Studies of Science Teacher Education Practices by Shawn Bullock and Tom Russell. This volume is the 12th in this series edited by John Loughran. For more information about this volume and other volumes in the series, go to

The April 2012 issue of the self-study journal, Studying Teacher Education, has six outstanding articles reflecting current self-study research:

  • Nathan Brubaker’s article: Multiple Layers of Self in an Evolving Pedagogy of teacher Education: Conflict and Compromise in a Quest for Classroom Democracy
  • Tim Fletcher’s and Shawn Bullock’s article: Enacting Literacy Pedagogies: A Collaborative Self-Study by Teacher Educators in Physical Education and Science
  • Cheryl Rosaen’s and Marjorie Terpstra’s article: Widening Worlds: Understanding and Teaching New Literacies
  • LouAnn Lovin’s, Wendy Sanchez’s, Keith Leatham’s, Jennifer Chauvot’s, Signe Kastberg’s, and Anderson Norton’s article: Examining Beliefs and Practices of Self and Others: Pivotal Points for Change and Growth for Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Julie Pennington’s, Cynthia Brock’s, Tammy Abernathy’s, Ann Bingham’s, Elza Major’s, Lynda Wiest’s, and Elavie Ndura’s article: Teacher Educators’ Dispositions: Footnoting the Present with Stories from Our Pasts
  • Arlene Grierson’s, Mary Lynn Tessaro’s, Christina Grant’s, Maria Contalini-Williams’, Rick Denton’s, Keith Quigg’s, and Jeff Bumstead’s article: The Bricks and Mortar of Our Foundation for Faculty Development: Book-Study Within a Self-Study Professional Learning Community

If you have net yet had a chance to subscribe to Studying Teacher Education, you can access the Taylor & Francis web page at – the subscription costs are dramatically reduced for S-STEP members and provide three issues each year of current and thought provoking research in self-study of teacher education practices.


Margaret Macintyre Latta has provided the following post for a position announcement for an Academic Chairperson for the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education in the College of Education and Human Sciences,
University of Nebraska-Lincoln, USA.  The full position announcement is provided as an attachment. For more information about this announcement, please contact:
Dr. Karl D. Hostetler, Chair, TLTE search committee
1430 Vine St., 118 Henzlik Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588-0355
Phone: 402-472-2392


Be sure to check out the website for the S-STEP SIG at:
At this site you will have access to recent S-STEP activity, archives of S-STEP newsletters and other communications, recent Castle Conference information, S-STEP SIG Twitter page, and more!


If you have information you would like to have included in the next newsletter (slated for August 2012), such as publications, award announcements, current research, job opportunities, innovative self-study practices, self-study conferences or meetings in your area, or other information you believe would be of interest to members of the S-STEP SIG, send your information to me at

I wish you all a productive and energizing June, July and August. Remember to post your proposals for AERA 2013 by the July 22 deadline. And keep a look out for the AERA announcement for the election of a Secretary for the S-STEP SIG – and plan to vote.

I look forward to seeing those of you planning to attend the Castle Conference. See you August 15th!

Deb Tidwell, Chair
Self-Study of Teacher Education Practices SIG
American Educational Research Association

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