Our research takes off from two different perspectives. Primarily we focus on the life story of a primary school teacher, who has participated in our previous research project on class teachers. Secondly we allowed all her six pupils in the age range of 6 to 9 years to draw a picture of their teacher as she is busying herself. With use of phenomenological reduction the autobiographical narrative has been rewritten. Reduction, as used in analysis of open-ended interviews and essays, involves bracketing of all casual explanations, generalizations, or interpretations. Concrete details are asked for. Thus experience can be seen as an activity of encounter with the world. Drawing pictures is another way of enacting experience. Children imitate other people’s actions. They are attentive to gestures and postures, which express everything that goes to make an accomplished adult. This understanding is not cognitive but relational, situational and actional. We were able to reach a synthesis between our two interdisciplinary approaches. Each child experienced the teacher in a different way that was related to some aspect found in the teacher’s autobiography.
|Keywords:||Children’s Drawings, Autobiography, Interdisciplinarity, Pedagogical Relation|
Ms, SiDu Consulting, Espoo, Finland
Researcher, SiDu Consulting, Helsinki, Finland
Professor, School of Applied Education and Teacher Education, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland
SiDu Consulting, Espoo, Finland
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