We would like to invite you and/or your colleagues to participate in a live-streamed symposium
on Self-Study of Teacher Education Practice (S-STEP) methodology – a qualitative approach to
practitioner research – held on Monday April 27, 2015 in TH253 at Brock University. The
purpose of the symposium is to introduce people who are new to S-STEP and would like to
know more about how to undertake an S-STEP project. We also consider some important and
frequently asked questions about S-STEP.
The symposium is co-chaired by Tim Fletcher (Brock University, Canada) and Déirdre Ní
Chróinín (Mary Immaculate College, Ireland). Confirmed keynote speakers and contributors are:
- Julian Kitchen (Brock University, Chair-elect of the S-STEP Special Interest Group of
the American Educational Research Association): His presentation is titled: “Becoming a
Self-Study Educator/Researcher: Stories and Possibilities”.
- Tom Russell (Queen’s University, Co-Editor of Studying Teacher Education: A Journal
of Self-Study of Teacher Education Practice and founder of the Castle Conference). His
presentation is titled: “The Original Idea for S-STEP and the Magic of the Castle
- Clare Kosnik (University of Toronto, Associate Editor of Studying Teacher Education: A
Journal of Self-Study of Teacher Education Practice and former Chair of the S-STEP
SIG at AERA): Her presentation is titled: “Using Self-Study as Part of a Broader
Program of Research in Teacher Education”.
Interested participants are welcome to submit questions related to the symposium, which we will
compile prior to the event. We welcome questions on all aspects of S-STEP in school and
university contexts, including research design and methodological questions and challenges,
sharing of dilemmas and obstacles encountered in data collection and analysis, making
connections between individual research and wider S-STEP literature, the role of critical
friendship, and questions related to sharing your work at conferences and in academic journals.
Questions will provide a starting point for discussion.
Please submit questions to Déirdre Ní Chróinín: Deirdre(dot)NiChroinin(at)mic(dot)ul(dot)ie by Friday April 24, 2015
Please indicate if you wish to have your name and institution read out along with the question.
The symposium will begin at 10.30 a.m. Canadian EST (the same time zone as New York City)
and will run for approximately 2 hours. Instructions for accessing the live-stream:
- Go to the following URL: http://brockvideocentre.brocku.ca
- Click on the “Live Videos” tab and the event named Self-Study Symposium will be
available 10 minutes prior to the official start time.
If you would like to participate but are unavailable at the time of the symposium, we will make
available both the full symposium and a shortened (10 minutes) version on the S-STEP SIG
blog/website: https://selfstudysig.wordpress.com/ some time in the summer of 2015.
Please feel free to distribute this invitation to colleagues, and in particular, any graduate students
or new faculty who might be interested in learning more about getting started with self-study.
We ask that interested participants RSVP by email Tim Fletcher at firstname.lastname@example.org by
Friday, April 24, 2015. There is no obligation to attend if you are interested – the reason we are
asking for RSVPs is that the livestream can accommodate approximately 350 audience members
at any one time and so we want to ensure that we avoid the system crashing.
Sincerely, Tim and Déirdre