'I'm a dancer' and 'I've got a saucepan stuck on my head': metaphor in helping lecturers to develop being-for-uncertainty

Daphne Loads

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    University lecturers need to help their students to develop ways of being that will allow them to flourish amidst uncertainty. Professional development workshops involving artwork and reflection provide a space where lecturers themselves can hold, examine and develop tolerance for uncertainty. Artwork and exploration of metaphors enable them to reflect on who they are as teachers, and what teaching means to them; two enquiries that are likely to involve some encounters with uncertainty. Two series of art workshops were offered to 11 nurse educators over two periods of three months. The workshops were characterised by exploration of metaphors, which allowed participants to draw on and move beyond naive inquiry. Photographs of their artwork are presented, which demonstrate that participants were enabled to make a restorative space in their workplace, stay with ambiguity and re-embody their thinking.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)409-421
    Number of pages13
    JournalTeaching in Higher Education
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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