Centre de recherche interuniversitaire sur la formation et la profession enseignante (CRIFPE)

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Nardozza, M. (2016). Remembering the Teacher: An autobiographical reflective journey through the memories of a teacher and his former students. Mémoire de maîtrise inédit, McGill University, Montréal, Québec.


Mémoires et thèses


This study explores how interviewing and gathering feedback from former students can benefit in the professional development of a teacher. Although there is an extensive amount of literature concerning teacher reflection focusing on the perspective of the teacher, this study places importance on both the perspectives of the teacher and his former students. Building on the works of Dewey, Tyler and Aoki concerning educational experiences, Korthagen's approach to teacher reflection, Eakin and Graham's ideas concerning autobiography and Barone and Yoder and Strong-Wilson's views on learning from the stories of others, the author takes existing literature and builds on it, suggesting a unique approach to further his own development as a teacher. Using an autobiographical narrative approach, the author represents the memories of both the teacher and student(s) in a series of vignettes. The sample of students interviewed covers a spectrum of six years of experience that the teacher has been teaching. These vignettes highlight the memories of the teacher concerning his former students and the memories/feedback of the students concerning their former teacher and the time spent in his class. Furthermore, each vignette is written in the third person to create some distance between the author and the data gathered. The analysis consists of looking for common themes that arose while gathering the data among the nine former students interviewed, and aims to describe what the teacher learned during the research process to better himself for future experiences in his teaching. By conducting the research in this way, the teacher can dwell in a rich reflective practice that combines unique perspectives of firsthand accounts belonging to those who his teaching affected directly: himself and his students.


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Adresse civique

Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
90, avenue Vincent d'Indy
Pavillon Marie-Victorin – C-536
Outremont (Québec) H2V 2S9

Adresse postale

Université de Montréal
Faculté des Sciences de l'Éducation
CRIFPE – C-543
C.P. 6128, succursale Centre-ville
Montréal (Québec) H3C 3J7