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The present study raises awareness on issues pertaining to teacher educators’ professional development in the Greek-Cypriot context. Findings indicate that teacher educators are involved not only in formal but also informal learning, both through and without interaction. Learning through interaction involves participation in seminars as well as informal conversations with colleagues, but not structured forms of peer learning. Learning without interaction resembles self-study and reflection, but not intentional experimentation with practices. These findings reflect the individualized character of educators’ professional development, while systemic opportunities for peer learning remain scarce.
Updated: Jul. 03, 2016
Pre-service Teachers’ Growth as Practitioners of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: A Vygotskian Analysis of Constraints and Affordances in the English Context
This article reports on a research programme designed to explore the opportunities for, and barriers to, pre-service teachers’ growth as practitioners of developmentally appropriate practice for children aged 5–11. The analysis is framed by a Vygotskian cultural–historical perspective and points to personal, cultural and structural factors as potential constraints immanent in the various configurations produced by the pre-service teacher–environment interface.
Updated: Jun. 30, 2016
The article suggests that narrative interaction in student teacher peer groups is an important context for emotional identification with culturally available teacher identities. It addresses issues pointed out as problematic in research on teacher identity formation: focus on the individual and the underestimation of context.
Updated: Jun. 05, 2016
The purpose of this case study is to investigate the professional mathematics teacher identity (PMTI) of prospective teachers in terms of how the individual perceives her professional identity and how that identity is actualised in the classroom. The participants were required to discuss and describe their own PMTI in terms of three aspects: mathematics specialisation, teaching-and learning specialisation, and caring. Subsequently, they were observed in the classroom, where the actualisation of their PMTI was considered in terms of the same three. These prospective teachers demonstrate that while they may certainly be teaching who they are, this is not necessarily who they think they are. They may believe that they are Mathematics Specialists, Teaching-and-learning Specialists, and Carers, but when they are observed at work in the classroom these specialisations are not necessarily, or at least not consistently evident.
Updated: May. 17, 2016
This article examines the written narratives and poetry of new teachers in two different pathways into teaching to deepen our knowledge about how teachers construct a professional identity, to further understand the role of narrative and inquiry in teacher learning, and to add to conversations about the design of teacher preparation programs. An analysis of the teachers’ narratives reveals that their professional identities were shaped by their membership in a range of knowledge communities, including the Narrative Writing Group and also their schools, network of friends, and the preparation programs. The narratives of professional identity development were shaped in relationship to other people, including mentor teachers and students.
Updated: Mar. 07, 2016
The Impact of a Teacher Education Culture-Based Project on Identity as a Mathematically Thinking Teacher
This article explored the impact of sociocultural situations together with affective and cognitive aspects of self-regulation on identity. The findings results indicate the strengths of such projects to take account of cultural knowledge when colonised education systems are further modified through reforms that emphasise culture.
Updated: Feb. 28, 2016
The present paper reports on the results of a research project in which 18 teacher educators in three countries—Australia, The Netherlands, and United Kingdom—were interviewed about their experiences of working in the so-called “third space” between schools and universities, particularly in relation to the practicum, or field supervision. This research examined how university-based teacher educators manage the challenges inherent in working with mentor/cooperating teachers after having been or when still practicing as teachers in schools.
Updated: Jan. 27, 2016
The Teacher I Wish to Be: Exploring the Influence of Life Histories on Student Teacher Idealised Identities
The present article examines the influence of life histories and apprenticeship of observation on the formation of student teachers’ idealised identities. Through eliciting from the student teachers the teacher they wish to be, this article focuses on the interplay between the personal histories and ideal teacher identities for the future.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2015
The purpose of this study was to investigate what kind of emotions are significant as identity shaping for student teachers. The findings show that both positive and negative emotions influence the teaching experiences of the students. In addition, the study reveal that negative emotions exercised the strongest influence. Furthermore, it show that strong negative emotions were expressed related to teachers and supervisors.
Updated: Nov. 23, 2015
Teacher Identity Development in the First Year of Teacher Education: A Developmental and Social Psychological Perspective
This study had several goals to: (a) describe the associations between aspects of personal and social identity, generativity, and the development of teacher identity in first year teaching students; and (b) examine which aspects of personal and social identity, and generativity predict teacher identity after controlling for a number of relevant covariates. A further aim of the study was to discuss the theoretical and research implications of considering professional teacher identity from a developmental and social psychological perspective in light of the results from the present analysis. This study suggests that those who have a well-formed sense of personal identity are more likely to be ready to begin the process of forming a professional identity. The findings also point to the potential value of pursuing an understanding of professional teacher identity as a developmental and social psychological process.
Updated: Oct. 14, 2015