This study made explicit the discourses of 10 teachers working as university-based teacher educators in Singapore to understand their enacted identities.
It framed identity as discursive, constructed through language and talk. Interview data were analyzed using descriptive discourse analysis tools, with critical discourse analysis influencing the process.
The discourses are as follows:
(a) The value of seconded teachers is located firmly within schools, with practice and practitioner elevated above theory and academics;
(b) teaching is the core role of seconded teachers, and discourses about learning, development, and research are weak; and
(c) an individualistic framing situates the locus of change on teacher-practitioners.
Hybrid spaces that bring theory and practice together are discursive spaces.
Both the strengths and limitations of existing discursive identities need to be acknowledged, and multifaceted and complex practitioner identities explored.
This article contributes to the integration of practitioners into the wider community of teacher educators in the university.