Pedagogies of belonging in an anxious world: A collaborative autoethnography of four practitioners


  • Nona Press Queensland University of Technology, Australia
  • Martin B Andrew Otago Polytechnic, New Zealand
  • Alisa Percy University of Technology Sydney, Australia
  • Vikki A Pollard Australian Catholic University, Australia


Belonging, pedagogies, COVID-19, collaborative autoethnography, higher education, Indigenous, un-belonging


The concept of belonging has found prominence in higher education learning environments, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to have an unprecedented impact on educational provision. In times of disruption, alienation and isolation, the most basic of our psychological and physiological needs have come to be almost universally recognised as critical factors that must be considered and examined. Experiencing belonging is integral to human existence, and knowing where, with whom, and how we belong, is a salient driver for learning and self-actualisation. We recognise there are a number of ways to frame and approach the idea of belonging in the educational experience. We also recognise that there are multiple understandings of what belonging means and therefore how it is enacted within the curricula and the “classroom” in its varying forms - physical, online, digital, work-based. This Editorial takes a critical perspective to our own intellectual standpoint in relation to pedagogies of belonging. As co-editors, we have outlined our respective conceptions and experiences of belonging as a collaborative autoethnography, capturing our individual views of pedagogies of belonging in a collaborative context. Our collaboration has allowed us to situate ourselves both theoretically and practically, as well as ontologically, and advance our understanding of practices that promote student belonging in all its possible forms within the higher education experience. We suggest that the possibilities for belonging offered by interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approaches are ripe for inquiry, and the place of non-traditional, Indigenous, iterative and emergent methodologies to examine belonging requires further exploration.


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Pedagogies of belonging in an anxious world: A collaborative autoethnography of four practitioners. (2022). Journal of University Teaching and Learning Practice, 19(4).

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