Reflection through critical friendship: Promoting growth of teachers Academic Article uri icon


  • This narrative inquiry draws on the longstanding collaborative work of the Portfolio Group (a cross-school, cross-institution teacher/teacher educator/researcher group) to explore the role of collaborative critical friendship in our groups reflective practice and the influence on our individual growth as teachers/teacher educators/researchers. Narrative methods were employed, aided by a conceptual frame of reflection, critical friendship, and optimal experience. Results and discussion highlight how teacher practice is enhanced and strengthened when teachers come together as critical friends to share stories of experience, to examine experiential currents, undercurrents, and riptides (i.e., plotlines, dilemmas, contexts, interactions, politics, etc.), and to provide meaningful feedback that supports colleagues professional growth.

published proceedings


altmetric score

  • 8.33

author list (cited authors)

  • Kelley, M., Curtis, G. A., Craig, C. J., Reid, D., & Easley, A.

citation count

  • 0

complete list of authors

  • Kelley, Michaelann||Curtis, Gayle A||Craig, Cheryl J||Reid, Donna||Easley, Annette

publication date

  • November 2022