Gratitude Journaling Practice: A Reflective Currere
In this work, I reflect on the concept of gratitude within the academic setting. Through the practice of journaling, I explore the past, present, and future using the currere method as a framework. I inquired into life events that influenced the development of gratitude. To begin, I asked how do I practice gratitude? How do I know if I am grateful? When I practice gratitude do I feel, think, and behave differently as an educator? To frame this work, I leaned into the work of Pinar (1975) who developed the currere method. Pinar (2012) states that the method is for teachers and academics who aim to grow personally and those who seek to constantly reconceptualize and understand the impact social change has on our lives.
Berg, M., & Seeber, B. K. (2016). The slow professor: Challenging the culture of speed in the academy. University of Toronto Press.
Bono, G., Mrakauer, M., & Froh, J. J. (2012). The power and practice of gratitude: Chapter 33. In P. A. Linley & S. Joseph (Eds.). Positive psychology in practice. (pp. 464-481). Print ISBN:9780471459064
Church of Saint Samaan the Tanner. (1994). The biography of Saint Saaman the shoemaker “the Tanner”. Author: Cairo, Egypt.
Dalton, L. (2022). Painted worlds: The art of Maud Lewis, a critical perspective. Nimbus Publishing Limited.
Emmons, R. A. (2014). Gratitude works: The science and practice of saying thanks. [Youtube] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BF7xS_nPbZ0
Emmons, R. A. (2014b). Graced gratitude and disgraced ingratitude. Video. Youtube. https://www.google.com/search?q=emmons+2014&client=firefox-b-d&sxsrf=ALiCzsY5rB7u_dpNlpBQS8fMDTJM1joang:1666270329063&source=lnms&tbm=vid&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiLmbjY7O76AhVakIkEHXFfDZoQ_AUoA3oECAEQBQ&biw=1880&bih=917&dpr=1#fpstate=ive&vld=cid:29b4b407,vid:TZSM0k2VUsI
Emmons, R. A., & McCullough, M. E. (2003). Counting blessings versus burdens: An experimental investigation of gratitude and subjective well-being in daily life. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 84(2), 377-389. doi: 0.1037/0022-35188.8.131.527
Emmons, R. A., & Mishra, A. (2010). Why gratitude enhances well-being: What we know, what we need to know: Chapter 16. In file:///C:/Users/cbu/Downloads/Emmons_Gratitude_16_Sheldon_Chapter.pdf
Emmons, R. A., & Stern, R. (2013). Gratitude as a psychotherapeutic intervention. Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session, 69(8), 846-855. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22020
Fahmi, W. S. (2005). The impact of privatization of solid waste management on the Zabaleen garbage collectors of Cairo. Environment & Urbanization, 17(2), 155-170. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/095624780501700212
Fahmi, W., & Sutton, K. (2010). Cairo’s contested garbage: Sustainable solid waste management and the Zabkeeb’s right to the city. Sustainability, 2, 1765-1783. doi:10.3390/su206176
Finley, S. (2011). Critical arts-based inquiry. In N. K. Denszin & Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.). The sage handbook of qualitative research (4th ed.) (pp. 435-450.
Fox, M. J. (2002). Lucky man: A memoir. Hyperion Books.
Garg, N. (2020). Exploring the role of gratitude in developing teacher leadership in Indian universities. International Journal of Educational Management, 34(5), 881-901.
Grag, N., Mahipalan, M., Poulose, S., & Burgess, J. (2022). Does gratitude ensure workplace happiness among university teachers? Examining the role of social and psychological capital and spiritual climate. Frontiers in Psychology, 13, 1-14.
Howells, K. (2004). The state of gratitude in higher education. Higher Education Research and Development, 27, 1-11.
Howells, K. (2014). An exploration of the role of gratitude in enhancing teacher-student relationships. Teaching and Teacher Education, 42, 58-67.
Johnson, B. (2002). God’s grace for tomorrow. Christian Art Gifts.
Klein, M. E. (2020). Discarding the “garbage city”: Infrastructures of waste in Cairo, Egypt. https://digitalcommons.bard.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1126&context=senproj_s2020
Leven, R. (2006). The Pharaoh’s garbage: Growth and changes in Egypt’s waste management system. NIMEP Insights, (pp. 55-70). Available at http://tiglarchives.org.s3.amazonaws.com/sites/default/files/resources/nimep/v2/INSIGHTS06_Leven.pdf
Levy Earle, J. (2006). Jack’s farm. Creative Bound, Inc.
Manela, T. (2016). Negative feelings of gratitude. Journal of Value Inquiry, 50, 129-140.
Mikmaw Spirit. (2016). Mikmaw culture: Oral tradition. Accessible at http://www.muiniskw.org/pgCulture3a.htm
Monroe, S. M., & Slavich, G. M. (in press). Major life events: A review of conceptual, definitional,
measurement issues, and practices. In K. Harkness & E. P. Hayden (Eds.), The Oxford handbook of stress
and mental health. New York: Oxford University Press.
Nelson, S. K., & Lyubomirsky, S. (2016). Gratitude. In H. S. Friedman (Ed.). Encyclopedia of mental health (2nd ed.) pp. 277-280.
Pinar, W. F. (1975). The method of “currere”. U.S. Department of Health, Education & Welfare National Institute of Education: American Educational Research Association. (pp. 1-19).
Pinar, W. F. (1978). What is the reconceptualization? Journal of Curriculum Theorizing, 1(1), 93-98. file:///C:/Users/cbu/Downloads/375-Article%20Text-1296-1-10-20130221.pdf
Ramzan, N., & Rana, S. A. (2014). Expression of gratitude and subjective well-being among university teachers. Indian Associates of Health, Research and Welfare, 5(4), 363- 367.
W. Nancy. (1992). Embracing the journey: Affirmations for living life as a sexual abuse survivor. Harper Collins Publishers.
Zanzottera, B. (2020). Zabaleen: The garbage people. https://parallelozero.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/Egypt_Zabbaleen-The-garbage-people.pdf
Currere Exchange is an Open Access publication, meaning the content is free for all to access and download. Authors select a Creative Commons license to attach to their copyrightable work. Readers should identify the license attached to each work in order to determine its reuse rights.
Authors can find a copy of our publication agreement here. Authors will complete a publication agreement form as part of the submission process.
CEJ Publication Agreement: https://goo.gl/forms/k85Fq8icW78CKBO62