Exploring my role modelling as a teacher educator: A self-study

  • A. Hiralaal Durban University of Technology


My self-study involved an exploration of my role modelling as a teacher educator of accounting pedagogy.  I became aware that there seemed to be a living contradiction in my practice. I suspected my educational values were not being adequately played out in my teaching when students told me they teach as I teach them.  Therefore, the purpose in undertaking this research was to align my teaching with my educational values in order to improve my practice by developing as a more productive role model. To improve my practice, I adopted a social constructivist student-centred approach in my teaching and enacted purposeful pedagogies. I used a self-study methodological approach to generate data. Working with students, colleagues and critical friends and the educative conversations I had, I constructed my living educational theory which reflected the human reality of my work because it was grounded in my embodied values

Author Biography

A. Hiralaal, Durban University of Technology


School of Education

Durban University of Technology


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How to Cite
Hiralaal, A. 2018. “Exploring My Role Modelling As a Teacher Educator: A Self-Study”. South African Journal of Higher Education 32 (6), 619-34. https://doi.org/10.20853/32-6-3001.