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Learning to Love the Mess: An Autobiography of a Writing Teacher

  • Author / Creator
    Carmichael, Lindsay H.
  • This paper is an exploration of teaching, writing, and living in, among, and across the lines and structures of teaching. In it, I explore autobiographically my own struggles to attend to, live, and bring forth life in the presence of demands for control, perfection, and efficiency in our schools and our world. I question and contemplate the structures placed around students, teachers, and writing in our schools. This research is coloured by hermeneutic, critical and feminist theorists, structuralism and post-structuralism, and ultimately takes on the hermeneutic imperative of researching toward solidarity and healing (Gadamer, 1975). Through this inquiry, I have come to realize the importance of seeing the world in new ways. Ultimately, it has become clear through this work that real life is filled with surprises, liminalities, frustrations, pains, darkness, and great light, and that to embrace (rather than contain) these things, is to embrace life itself.

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  • Graduation date
    2013-11
  • Type of Item
    Thesis
  • Degree
    Master of Education
  • DOI
    https://doi.org/10.7939/R35D8NP4B
  • License
    This thesis is made available by the University of Alberta Libraries with permission of the copyright owner solely for non-commercial purposes. This thesis, or any portion thereof, may not otherwise be copied or reproduced without the written consent of the copyright owner, except to the extent permitted by Canadian copyright law.
  • Language
    English
  • Institution
    University of Alberta
  • Degree level
    Master's
  • Department
    • Department of Secondary Education
  • Supervisor / co-supervisor and their department(s)
    • Iveson, Margaret (Secondary Education)
  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Wallin, Jason (Secondary Education)
    • McClay, Jill (Elementary Education)