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Troops to Teachers (TtT) is a UK governmental scheme introduced in 2013 to facilitate ex-military service personnel to re-train as teachers. This narrative study explores the accounts of a sample of new TtT trainees at the onset of their training and considers their motivations for career changing, potential transferable attributes and skills, aspirational teacher identities and anticipated challenges. Emerging from these rich narratives is a strong, shared commitment to the trainees’ chosen new career. Self-discipline is identified as a professional quality to take into teaching from military service, whilst maintaining discipline in the classroom is more commonly regarded as an area of concern and challenge, rather than as a transferable skill set, challenging core governmental expectations of the Troops to Teachers initiative. However, the importance of and a desire and commitment to continue to ‘serve’, is widely held, reflecting a particular narrative refraction of the TtT trainees. This provides potential for further, perhaps longitudinal study, as the troops become teachers. The study affirms the potential for further investment in a wider recruitment strategy for career-change teachers more generally, as providing an experienced and motivated professional workforce for schools.
Updated: Jan. 05, 2020
Teacher Educators' Collective Professional Agency and Identity - Transforming Marginality to Strength
This article examined teacher educators' collective professional agency and identity within an identity coaching programe. This article illustrates how collective agency and identity are closely intertwined. The authors argue that it appears that a shared understanding of collective identity directs collective agency. In addition, the study reveals the importance of agency in negotiating new kinds of crystallized collective identity. Through strengthened collective agency, the participants were able to give a new meaning to themselves as a professional group within the department, deserving of respect. In conclusion, this study suggests that when one is seeking to understand collective identity and agency in professional contexts, it is important to address people's own individual narratives and learning pathways. Hence, this research emphasizes that in supporting collective identity and agency among professionals, it is pivotal to create shared learning platforms and processes that will allow the professionals to encounter each other, and to discuss issues concerning continuous changes, work, and professional identities.
Updated: May. 31, 2018
The present article reports on a study that explored identities in the context of a pre-service cohort’s online discussion group. The authors identified six main emergent identities –sociable, supportive, open, helpful, reliant, and hidden. It was also found that one category of identities emerged from a commitment to the social expectations and values of the group, whilst another emerged out of a personal resistance towards the social norms of group participation and involvement. In order to promote a collegial online environment, the findings indicate that pre-service teachers consistently exhibited and conceptualised sociable, supportive, helpful, and reliant identities when interacting within this online forum.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018
This study examined the professional perceptions of Teaching Chinese as an International Language (TCIL) pre-service teachers through analyzing the metaphors they use to describe themselves as teachers. The findings revealed that the participants used a variety of metaphors to display perceptions of themselves as pre-service TCIL teachers. Additionally, the participants’ metaphors demonstrate the interaction of cultural, historical and sociopolitical conditions underlying their perceptions.
Updated: Feb. 22, 2018
The purpose of this study was two-folded. Firstly, it investigated the changes in preservice teachers’ professional identity after a four-week block practicum; Secondly, it examined the role of mentor teachers in creating changes in their professional identity. The author concludes that mentoring relationships played a significant role in shaping preservice teachers’ teacher identity. The detailed feedback mentor teachers provided and their positive interactions, helped preservice teachers build higher levels of confidence, and demonstrate a deeper understanding of their role as a teacher.
Updated: Feb. 15, 2018
This article examines how various aspects of the first author's identity, i.e. natural, institutional, discursive, and affinity, intersected during his first semester as teacher educator. The experience of the novice teacher educator revealed that his preoccupation with students’ perceptions of who he was as a teacher and as an individual prevented any substantial consideration of the kind of teacher educator he wanted to be. Given the insecurities often tied to this new professional identity, the authors argue that it is important to consider and negotiate the pedagogical and professional development of first-time teacher educators.The authors believe that an emphasis on community should be promoted in order to enhance the possibilities of teacher education. They say that novice teacher educators should be surrounded by like-minded individuals who function as both critical friends and a supportive community.
Updated: Oct. 01, 2017
The Resourceful Facilitator: Teacher Leaders Constructing Identities as Facilitators of Teacher Peer Groups
Drawing on a qualitative study of facilitation of teacher peer groups, this paper investigates how teacher leaders integrate experiences from different domains of life in constructing a unique facilitator identity. Focusing on portraits of three teacher leaders, it demonstrates how teachers relate experiences outside of teaching, including academic experiences, other professional experiences, and social experiences, to the skills and orientation necessary for effective facilitation.
Updated: Sep. 10, 2017
This study explored investigated novice teachers’ sense of professional agency, and the perceived resources and obstacles affecting it. The authors conclude that the findings imply that novice teachers need multiprofessional, collegial, and principal support for the practice of their professional agency within the school. The findings also emphasized the crucial role of the school principal.
Updated: Sep. 05, 2017
The author wondered why so many beginning teachers leave the profession. The author proposes to frame the problem as one of teacher identity making and identity shifting in order to understand the experiences of beginning teacher attrition.In what follows the author uses the stories of his experiences as a beginning teacher as a way to narratively read the ways beginning teacher attrition has been conceptualized. Through his experiences as a teacher, and his autobiographical narrative inquiry work, the author has begun to frame beginning teacher attrition as a problem that compels inquiry into teacher identity making and identity shifting as a way to narratively understand the experiences of beginning teachers.
Updated: Jul. 25, 2017
“It Just Made Me Look At Language in a Different Way:” ESOL Teacher Candidates’ Identity Negotiation through Teacher Education Coursework
This article reports on a case study that examined the teacher identity construction of preservice ESOL (English for speakers of other languages) teachers in a 13-month MATESOL program. The findings point out that the TCs negotiated their teacher identities throughout their teacher learning experiences in teacher education courses: 1) Throughout their teacher learning experiences in the activities offered in the IMP courses, they negotiated and enacted their emerging identities as ESOL teachers; 2) their professional interaction with other TCs through formal or informal conversations presented them with a dialogic space in which they framed and tried on their subject positions as ESOL teachers; 3) their simultaneous internship along with coursework was highlighted and acknowledged by their professors and peers, and the three TCs of IMP were positioned as experts of public school system.
Updated: Jul. 12, 2017