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How do I create my living theory of accountability as a lecturer in teacher education?“

 
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How do I create my living theory of accountability as a lecturer in teacher education?“
by Jane Renowden - Wednesday, 1 July 2009, 11:24 AM
 

Dear reviewers

I would welcome responses to my paper.

 Best regards, Jane

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Re: How do I create my living theory of accountability as a lecturer in teacher education?“
by Yves Bertrand - Thursday, 2 July 2009, 9:40 AM
 
Review of: How do I create my living theory of accountability as a lecturer in teacher education? (Jane Renowden)
by Yves Bertrand




General comments:
First, I have to acknowledge that the issue of accountability is quite interesting. Most parts of the paper are also right to the point.

However, I would suggest skipping the part on action research as a methodology because, at that stage, we know what it is and it is quite irrelevant to the epistemology of accountability.

I would also suggest, if I may, to introduce some explanations about accountability in the section called Ontological, epistemological and methodological underpinnings of my research.

My third remark would be about the insertion of an explanation about the connection between ‘contradiction in practice’ and accountability.

My fourth remark would be about what I consider as an “odd” mixing of references: Dewey, Freire, Fromm, Lakatos, and Feyerabend. These theoreticians have different views on research, accountability, and education.

Then, my recommendation here is:
ACCEPT with modification - But needs further work as indicated in the review.

Yves Bertrand
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Re: How do I create my living theory of accountability as a lecturer in teacher education?“
by Jane Renowden - Tuesday, 28 July 2009, 5:21 PM
 

Dear Yves.

Thankyou for your very helpful review if my paper. I have made some changes in the light of your feedback.

' I would suggest skipping the part on action research as a methodology because, at that stage, we know what it is and it is quite irrelevant to the epistemology of accountability.' I have decided to keep this in the paper. AR  has been a very important part of my accountability as it has given me a vehicle through which to account for myself in a way that gives me a voice (research). I think  it is allowing me to say what I know.


'My third remark would be about the insertion of an explanation about the connection between ‘contradiction in practice’ and accountability.' This is a very useful comment and has given me much to reflect on.  I intend to explore this in my doctoral thesis.

'My fourth remark would be about what I consider as an “odd” mixing of references: Dewey, Freire, Fromm, Lakatos, and Feyerabend. These theoreticians have different views on research, accountability, and education.' I have taken note of this comment

Many thanks again. Best regards, Jane

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Re: How do I create my living theory of accountability as a lecturer in teacher education?“
by Jacqueline Delong - Thursday, 16 July 2009, 8:26 PM
 
 

I have followed the suggested guideline for editorial review.

a) Does the submission account for influences the author has developed in their

own learning, in the learning of others and in the learning of social formations?


While I enjoyed reading the article, I found there to be claims to know that were not validated. For example, “I support them as they move from descriptors of their practice to explanations of what they are doing”. There is only one voice here –yours, Jane. Generally, there are references to the literature but no other(s).


Having said that, your learning about changing your teaching style to be more inclusive and relational is admirable. You say, “This desire to influence the development of a particular kind of transformational learning was not previously being lived out in my day-to-day practice, prior to my undertaking my action enquiry.”


In the clip, you say that you are “almost a different person with a deepened understanding of your values”. I found the YouTube clip to be very informative and give full marks for being willing to be publicly accountable which you describe as very difficult. You talk about this difficulty, as well, in regard to reflective practice.


One might argue that you have accounted for your own learning (still needs another voice) but not that of others and of social formations. You have a pretty good theoretical understanding of living educational theory.


I suggest that you write Ofsted in full.


b) The submissions should reveal a desire to bring (at least some of) the values of,

for example, love, freedom, justice, compassion, courage, care and democratic

evaluation more fully into the world.


I think you do desire to bring these values into the world but you have not been explicit in this piece of writing.


c) In what ways might your own experiences and insights be brought to bear in

order to enhance the submission in some way?


I would suggest that you engage in social validation, as you discuss in the videoclip. Some narratives to show some specifics of your learning would enhance the writing.

In order to encourage the reader to view the videoclip, a still photo of the beginning of it might help.

We need some other voices to support you claims to know.


Unfortunately, this piece has potential but I feel it needs modifications. I hope that you will take the suggestions in the spirit of an opportunity to improve learning. Best wishes.


Jackie Delong

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Re: How do I create my living theory of accountability as a lecturer in teacher education?“
by Jane Renowden - Monday, 17 August 2009, 9:10 PM
 
Hello Jackie. Thankyou for the time you have spent reviewing my paper. I have found your support most useful and I have made some changes in the light of your feedback.

'I found there to be claims to know that were not validated. For example, “I support them as they move from descriptors of their practice to explanations of what they are doing”. I have changed this to an intended outcome.

 
 
 

'One might argue that you have accounted for your own learning (still needs another voice) but not that of others and of social formations.' I would suggest that the YouTube clips demonstrate that I have influenced the learning of others as in the discussions afterwards the respondents say as much.

 
 

'I suggest that you write Ofsted in full.' Done

 
 

' The submissions should reveal a desire to bring (at least some of) the values of,

 

for example, love, freedom, justice, compassion, courage, care and democratic

 

evaluation more fully into the world.' I think the video clips demonstrate the values of courage and care, as I have the courage to hold myself to account for my practice and show the care to be the best practitioner I can be.

 
 

' In what ways might your own experiences and insights be brought to bear in

 

order to enhance the submission in some way? ' I have included an extract from my journal that talks bout my learning.

 

 

'In order to encourage the reader to view the videoclip, a still photo of the beginning of it might help.' Done

'We need some other voices to support you claims to know.' My MA thesis has been referenced as evidence of that claim to know my practice.

 

Many thanks again. I hope your suggestions will enable publication. Best regards, Jane

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Re: How do I create my living theory of accountability as a lecturer in teacher education?“
by Jane Renowden - Saturday, 22 August 2009, 12:45 AM
 
My revised paper.
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Re: How do I create my living theory of accountability as a lecturer in teacher education?“
by Yves Bertrand - Monday, 24 August 2009, 8:41 AM
 
Dear Jane,
I reviewed your paper for the second time. I think this new version is more articulated and the connections between the different parts are good.

So, my recommendation would be to publish it.

Yves Bertrand
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Re: How do I create my living theory of accountability as a lecturer in teacher education?“
by Jane Renowden - Monday, 24 August 2009, 4:10 PM
 

Hello Yves.

Many thanks for your response and for helping me to revise my paper. Regards, Jane