Three Pedagogs: A Comparison of Professional Life Stories

By Sivbritt Dumbrajs and Tuula Keinonen.

Published by The Learner Collection

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The pedagogical situation is created through the intention of the educator. Each child must be helped to develop her own personal and educational potential. The responsibility of the teacher is to recognize the uniqueness of each child and to act on this knowledge. However, there is no way a teacher can prepare for it. Experiences gain meaning for teachers engaging with them and making choices as to how the elements of the experiences are to be meaningful. This phenomenological study concerns the life stories of three teachers with rather different backgrounds. We look for traits in the teachers’ personal identity, revealed as aspects on situations, thoughts and actions, i.e. we want to disclose features of importance to the development of their professional careers. We analyze and compare the reducted stories using the division into hermeneutic, semic, symbolic, proairetic, and cultural codes. The teachers experience situations which change and to which they react in accordance to traits in their personal identity. The changes reveal hidden aspects on the situations, giving rise to new incidents that call for thought and action.

Keywords: Teachers’ Life Stories, Personal Identity, Professional Career

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 18, Issue 1, pp.551-564. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 814.178KB).

Dr. Sivbritt Dumbrajs

Researcher, SiDu Consulting, Helsinki, FIN, Finland

I defended my dissertation for a PhD in the summer of 2007 at Joensuu University. The topic was: A Learning Community: Teachers and Students Engaged in Developing Their Own Learning and Understanding. Since then I have done research work in collaboration with Prof. Tuula Keinonen at the University of Eastern Finland (former University of Joensuu). In 2009 I started an undertaking (SiDu) designated as consulting on questions concerning Science instruction and Development of understanding.

Prof. Tuula Keinonen

Professor, University of Eastern Finland, Joensuu, Finland


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