Search results for: Professional identity
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Tensions in Beginning Teachers’ Professional Identity Development, Accompanying Feelings and Coping Strategies
This paper examined tensions encountered by 182 beginning teachers during their professional identity development. The article also explored the feelings that accompanied these tensions and the ways they tried to cope with these. The findings reveal that tensions that are often mentioned by beginning teachers concerned conflicts between what they desire and what is possible in reality. Female teachers reported more tensions than their male colleagues, while final-year student teachers did not differ from first-year in-practice teachers in the number of tensions they experienced. Tensions were often accompanied by feelings of helplessness, anger or an awareness of shortcomings.
Updated: Jan. 20, 2015
This study examines how preservice teachers conceptualize popular depictions of the profession or issues related to the “extended professionality” of teaching. The authors sought to determine the effectiveness of the controversial documentary, Waiting for Superman, in fostering student interest and engagement with issues related to the extended professionality of teaching. The findings illuminate a need for broaching issues of extended professionality within teacher education programs.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2015
This paper analyzes teacher educators’ constructions of their professionalism and the constituent professional resources and senses of identity on which that professionalism draws. The study is framed by a broadly sociological concern with the (re)production of social patterns and relations through teacher education. The findings show that three modes of professionalism were constructed by educators within the sample group, with each deploying professional resources and senses of identity in varying ways to position individuals as credible and legitimate practitioners within the field of teacher education.
Updated: Dec. 22, 2014
Struggling for a Professional Identity: Two Newly Qualified Language Teachers’ Identity Narratives during the First Years at Work
The purpose of this article was to examine how two newly qualified teachers constructed their identity. The findings reveal that the participants’ stories display two different experience narratives: a painful and an easy beginning. Despite the same teacher education programme and the same kind of working environment, these cases represented two clearly different ways of experiencing the induction phase. This study supports the idea of a violent impact that the induction period can have on teachers’ self-understanding. Understanding teachers’ induction from the perspective of a possible identity crisis can open up ways of supporting newly qualified teachers in their professional development, both during their teacher studies and during the induction phase.
Updated: Dec. 21, 2014
This study explored how Finnish university-based subject teacher educators perceive their professional identity as a small group within a larger social context and with a mixed background. The results show that the identities of the subject teacher educators studied here are reconstructed over time, from a subject teacher identity to the identity of a subject teacher educator as an educationalist. However, the subject teacher educators were perceived as educationalists or subject representatives depending on the institutional context. Although the present results indicate that the Finnish subject teacher educators experienced teaching as a central part of their duties, they saw the benefit of engaging in research.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2014
This article focuses on the professional and academic development of mid-career teacher educators from two universities in England. The objectives of the study were to analyse and compare the career experiences of teacher educators. Clear landmarks were identified in both contexts, with development in teaching seen as largely positive, while research development was much more varied.
Updated: Oct. 22, 2014
Drawn from a larger study, the authors examine how one preservice teacher negotiated positions of power with students in ways that enabled and prohibited him from enacting his preferred teacher identities. Specifically, this study illustrates how video analysis opened opportunities for this preservice teacher to reflect on the relationship between positions of power and identity enactment during moment-to-moment classroom interactions. The analysis challenged the preservice teacher to study how he positioned himself as a teacher, how students positioned him, and how he positioned students during classroom interactions.
Updated: Sep. 03, 2014
This research set out to examine the contribution of narrative analysis of a hidden story to the potential reassessment of the narrator’s self and identity. The phenomenon of ‘hidden stories’ is presented here through an exemplary story told by a woman teacher, who revealed it for the first time in a seminar work, employing narrative analysis to examine its long-term effect on her. The findings reveal how narrative analysis facilitated the teacher's in-depth understanding of her identity at different life stages, thereby enabling her to reconstruct it anew. The story of the autobiographical event and its analysis helped the teacher not only to free herself from the difficult event that she had undergone as a young pupil, and had hidden for such a long time, but also to confront it face to face and conduct a deep internal dialogue with it.
Updated: Jun. 09, 2014
This article describes the results of a qualitative study that aimed to explore how one group of preservice English language teachers in Hong Kong constructed their identities as teachers. The findings demonstrate that the trajectory of the preservice teachers’ identity formation relied not only on connecting past and future but also on their perceptions of current English language teaching practices in Hong Kong schools. However, the participants evaluated many of these practices negatively. These negative evaluations resulted in a rigid division being discursively established between ‘traditional’ teachers on the one hand and ‘modern’ teachers on the other.
Updated: Feb. 17, 2014
Imagining, Becoming, and Being a Teacher: How Professional History Mediates Teacher Educator Identity
The context of this self-study is a professional development project involving primary-grade teachers in one public school and two university teacher educators. The authors are two teacher educators who are both former public school elementary-grade teachers.The aim of this self-study was to illuminate their understanding of their own professional identities as teachers. Analysis of their narratives revealed that fundamental aspects of their teacher identity have remained constant as their careers have evolved. Regardless of the setting, the age of their students, or the expanded expectations of the university to engage in research and professional service, the authors are, first and foremost, teachers.
Updated: Jan. 08, 2014