A Pedagogy of Parallax: Teacher education & materiality

28th and 29th April 2016


with: Boyd White, Pauline Sameshima, Anita Sinner and Jennifer Wicks


This 2-day workshop will investigate the role of material culture as formative in the development of professional identities, with emphasis on teacher education and materiality.

For this workshop, please complete the pre-readings and bring an object that represents your professional identity to Day 1 and Day 2. The object can be in any form (an object, or visual, literary or a performative rendering). We will invite you to share your identity-object at the workshop, and if you wish, to participate in our research project that is underway. As part of our research, we will be recording the workshop event.


Stock, R.V., Sameshima, P., & Slingerland, D. (in review). Constructing pre-service teacher identities through processes of parallax.

White, B. & Lemieux, A. (2015). Reflecting selves: Pre-service teacher identity development explored through material culture. Learning Landscapes. 9, 1, 267 – 283.

Sinner, A., Wicks, J., & Rak, S. (2015). Minding the gap: Exploring the potential of the teaching portfolios as curricular innovation. Visual Arts Research, 41, 1, 16-26.


Research Project Overview: Materiality and Teacher Identity The Parallax Model
Our Three Studies
Group Discussion

Activity: An Arts-Informed Response to Your Object: Aesthetigrams

(Please download and print a copy of the file: “Experiential Moments” and bring to Day 1)


Objects as metaphors: Sharing your identity-object

In advance of Day 2, please prepare a response to the following questions:

  • How does your object represent your professional identity?
  • What did you learn from reflecting on a representativeartefact of your professional identity?
  • What part of the experience was most valuable or challenging to you?

    We will invite you to share your responses with the group (each presenter, 3 minutes)

    Applying the Parallax Model – Guided Discussion using the 6 Catechizations (Please pre-read Stock, Sameshima & Slingerland)

  • The Parallaxic Praxis Model is an interdisciplinary research/learning framework that enables teams or groups to structure inquiry through dialogic and multi-modal means of engaging relationally with data, generating analyses, understanding and representing learning, and mobilizing knowledge.
    1. A Collaborative Arts Response—Threads of Meaning Activity Closure—Reflective Writing and Closing Discussion