Becoming a (Re)Searcher: Negotiating Literacies and Uncertainty


  • Darcy Courtland University of Alberta



In this paper I explore my evolving understandings of literacy and ways of knowing. Using autobiographical narrative inquiry (Clandinin & Connelly, 2000), the first section of my paper delves into the ways I have previously negotiated concepts of literacy as an educator and novice researcher. In the second section of my paper, I turn towards Indigenous scholarship (Antone, 2003; Cardinal, 2010; Young, 2005) as I embrace my conception of literacy as “life lived” in conjunction with Freire’s (1985) concept of dwelling in uncertainty. By engaging narratively with my own literacy and learning experiences during the first year of my doctoral program, I negotiate uncertainty through three threads of learning: slowing down, being open to vulnerability, and walking humbly in good

Author Biography

Darcy Courtland, University of Alberta

Darcy Courtland is a second-year doctoral student in the department of Elementary Education at the University of Alberta. Darcy’s passion for language and literacy, social studies education, and personalized learning were brought to life in the elementary classroom for seven years. She received her BEd from the University of Alberta, and a MEd from the University of Victoria in Leadership in Language and Literacy. Darcy’s current research interests are in the areas of vulnerability and story in research as well as education for reconciliation. Her proposed doctoral research seeks to better understand the personal and professional learning journeys of non-Indigenous teachers as they make their commitment to reconciliation.




How to Cite

Courtland, D. (2020). Becoming a (Re)Searcher: Negotiating Literacies and Uncertainty. Language and Literacy, 22(1), 24–38.