Dare to Imagine: Creative Scaffolding for Transformative Teachers’ Praxis


The purpose of the proposed paper is to generate the discussion of teachers’ learning as transformative praxis that leads to the development of teachers’ commitment to social change. In this interdisciplinary qualitative study such learning is conceptualized as a sequence of socially constructed and culturally mediated joint learning activities. Scaffolded with the mastery of such mediational means (Wertsch, 1998) and cultural tools (Vygotsky, 1987) as dialog, schema, narrative, and joint artmaking, purposefully designed reflexive learning activities allow teachers to collaboratively examine the problems of practice through dialog, joint artmaking, and co-writing. Such learning as transformative praxis, scaffolded the shift in values and consciousness of the beginning teachers and empowered them to act as transformational agents - question the status quo of the neo-liberal contexts of schooling, deconstruct the codes of the dominant cultures prevalent in their classrooms, and commit to action, advocate for the communities of practice, and create liberating and supportive learning that leads development. Presenters will share research findings and discuss the transformational potential of teachers’ meaning making as aligned with the mastery of mediational means (dialog, narrative, artmaking) of reflexive praxis. This cycle scaffolded a disruption in thought, impacted the development of teachers’ critical reflection, thus, emancipating them to act on the critical events in their classrooms. Interdisciplinary, technologically fluid, creative scaffolding inspired and supported teachers to deconstruct the dominant schooling practice and to re-imagine their practice and themselves.

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Elina Lampert-Shepel, Touro University, United States
Sharon Sullivan-Rubin, Touro University, United States

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Conference: IICE2023
Stream: Teaching Experiences

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Lampert-Shepel E., & Sullivan-Rubin S. (2023) Dare to Imagine: Creative Scaffolding for Transformative Teachers’ Praxis ISSN: 2189-1036 – The IAFOR International Conference on Education – Hawaii 2023 Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2023.29
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2189-1036.2023.29

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Elina Lampert-Shepel
Dr. Sullivan-Rubin and I are excited that our paper will be part of part of the IICE2023 Conference Proceedings! We will be happy to discuss.
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