The Possible's Slow Fuse

The Possible’s Slow Fuse is a scholarly dialogue series organized by the Research Hub of the Faculty of Education and the Centre for Imagination in Research, Culture & Education (CIRCE). Our 2020 series offers four stimulating discussions about the nature and role of imagination in research and education, facilitated by scholars from diverse fields in education - arts, indigeneity, technology, teacher education, mathematics, and aesthetics. We invite you to bring your ideas and questions, and share and celebrate learning and discovery together.

Becoming Defractive as Practitioners

Since Donald Schön’s seminal address to the American Educational Research Association in 1987, reflective practice has become a cornerstone in teacher education. Indeed, reflective practice, and other forms of practitioner inquiry, can be transformative and emancipatory, empowering teachers as producers of local knowledge and agents of change within schools. Karen Barad however, invites us to displace reflection as the dominant model of inquiry, and consider diffraction as a guiding metaphor. Whereas reflective practice is based on the assumption that teachers are stable agential subjects who have the capacity to generate and act on representations of pre-existing realities, diffractive methods are situated within a relational ontology, in which reality and subjectivities are viewed as continuously re/constituted through material entanglements. During this gathering we will explore how we might be/come diffractive practitioners.

Dr. Cher Hill

January 27, 2021 | 1:30-3:00 p.m.