Title

The Alchemy of Facilitation Revealed Through Individual Stories and Collective Narrative

Author Faculty (Discipline)

Education

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

11-25-2016

Journal

Reflective Practice: International and Multidisciplinary Perspectives

Volume Number

18

Issue Number

1

Page Numbers

42-54

ISSN

1470-1103

ANZSRC / FoR Code

130103 Higher Education| 130304 Educational Administration, Management and Leadership| 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators

Reportable Items

C1

Abstract

Facilitation is a key ‘ingredient’ in the success and sustainability of communities of practice. Yet, little attention has been given to in situ experiences of facilitators of these communities. This paper takes up the challenge to explore these experiences using reflective stories written by seven TATAL (Talking about Teaching and Learning) facilitators (the authors) from different disciplines in five different Australian universities. The authors’ collaborative analysis of their experiences suggests reframing the role of facilitator to include the role of alchemist, a promoter of transformation. This reframing has the potential to change the way higher education community of practice facilitators think about and enact their role. The story-based reflective process used in this self-study could also be used by facilitators to investigate their own practice, as a component of facilitator education programmes or by academics and researchers in other contexts who seek a participatory, collaborative approach to evaluate their practice.

Field of Education

07 Education

Peer Review

Before publication

Staff Classification

Permanent

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