Our academic sandbox: Scholarly identities shaped through play, tantrums, building castles, and rebuffing backyard bullies Academic Article uri icon


  • 2016, Nova Southeastern University. All Rights Reserved. This paper presents four teacher educators stories that explore their scholarly identity development through an Academic Sandbox metaphor where Play, Tantrums, Building Castles, and Rebuffing Backyard Bullies, serve as creative constructs for describing their experiences of triumphs and challenges in academia. The authors share how a professional learning community (Faculty Academy) functioned as the safe space for participatory sense-making (See De Jaegher & Di Paolo, 2007) where situated agency emerged and became strengthened through the telling of the teachers stories (Archer, 2003; Clandinin & Connelly, 2000; Kligyte, 2011; McGann, 2014; McLean, Pasupathi, & Pals, 2007). Stories representative of each metaphorical construct are presented and discussed. Narrative inquiry served as the methodological means in which the authors examined their stories as representative events in identity formation.

published proceedings

  • Qualitative Report

author list (cited authors)

  • McDonald, D., Craig, C., Markello, C., & Kahn, M.

complete list of authors

  • McDonald, D||Craig, C||Markello, C||Kahn, M

publication date

  • June 2016