Title: Unfolding the Unexpectedness of Uncertainty: Creative Nonfiction and the Lives of Becoming Teachers
Author: Anita Sinner
Publisher: Sense Publishers
Publish Date: September 2013
Who is the author?
Anita Sinner, PhD, is an assistant professor in the Department of Art Education, Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University in Montreal, Canada, where she teaches on topics of arts research, curriculum studies, life writing, social and cultural issues in education and interdisciplinary qualitative approaches.
What is your book about?
Dr. Sinner: Unfolding the Unexpectedness of Uncertainty invites readers to share in the stories of Ruth, Ann and Nathalie as they transition from students to teachers. Rendering their experiences as short stories from the field of teacher education brings a dimension of social biography to scholarship. As creative nonfiction, these stories act as catalysts to understand teacher culture from first-person accounts. Their stories may be described as openings: Ruth’s unfolding; Ann’s unexpectedness; and Nathalie’s uncertainty. Such narratives are exemplars of arts research, extending the purpose, intent, outcomes and dissemination of research by making scholarly study a more intimate and personal experience through the lives of student-teachers. Entering research practices with a perspective that stories are effective teaching tools that represent cultural artefacts, these stories help make sense of practices in public schools and in post-secondary teacher training, and help students, teachers and teacher educators to better understand the operations of the educational system.
Who should read your book?
Dr. Sinner: Unfolding the Unexpectedness of Uncertainty can be used as case studies for undergraduate and graduate students and academic researchers in fields of study involving creative nonfiction and life writing, such as Education, Creative Writing, English, Women’s Studies, Social and Cultural Geography, Sociology and Integrated Studies.
What has it been like to work with Sense Publishers and Dr. Patricia Leavy?
Dr. Sinner: Working with Sense Publishers has been a wonderful experience. Through this series, Patricia Leavy, Series Editor, has created a space alongside traditional academic texts that is uniquely original, recognizing and promoting the vitality and validity of creative expression as research, and how the literary arts represent research-creation. Patricia Leavy’s pioneering efforts are reshaping, redefining and revitalizing the scholarly landscape by pushing the boundaries of the concept of research and knowledge production. Each book in the Social Fiction series increases our understandings by bringing storytelling to the fore. Such interpretative and imaginative practice is at the heart of the Social Fiction series, highlighting why this series represents a key contribution to knowledge mobilization and dissemination beyond the academy.
What other books have you had published?
Are you working on any projects right now? Tell us about your upcoming book.
Dr. Sinner: My colleague, Diane Conrad (U of Alberta) and I are working on a book project exploring creative practices through the arts in Canada.
Who is your favorite author?
Dr. Sinner: DH Lawrence
Where can we find you?
Dr. Anita Sinner
Art Education, Faculty of Fine Arts
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd., West, EV 2.821
Canada H3G 1M8
514.848.2424 x 5199
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