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Synergy between Information and Communications Technologies and Educational Action Research and Collaborative Construction of Our Active Identities
Bridget Somekh's contributions to the debate on the theory and practice of action research and associated methodologies have often been gained through leadership of innovative action and research with computers in education. A review of her work provides evidence of the journey that starts with an appreciation of the wonders of technology before moving through critical reflection on socio-cultural processes within and across organisations, and out into twenty-first-century knowledge generation. This paper argues that recognition of the construction of individual identities can inform innovation with computers in education.
Updated: Jun. 23, 2010
Drawing from a larger study of teacher professional identities, this article explores how two beginning early childhood educators talk about what it means to teach. The article focuses on how these novice teachers position themselves, and are positioned, by their understandings of the 'child'. Using critical discourse analysis as a way of examining interview data, the author discusses how a discourse of the 'normal' child constructs particular identity positions for children and the adults who work with them.
Updated: May. 09, 2010
Teachers as Professionals and Teachers’ Identity Construction as an Ecological Construct: An Agenda for Research and Training Drawing upon a Biographical Research Process
This article aims to present the construction of teacher identity as a subjective dimension of the process of teacher professionalisation, viewing it as an ecological construct. To this end, the article presents the results of research carried out during the 1990s and the early twenty-first century, in order to shed some light on the dynamics inherent to each of the levels of analysis and the interactions which are established between them. The article concludes with a discussion of the advantages of this approach for teacher training and research.
Updated: Jan. 12, 2010
What constitutes a good teacher is construed as one who knows content, pedagogy, and student cognitive and emotional development sufficiently. Student teaching is a critical period for identity development of beginning teachers, yet it often lacks the space to work through this process with their peers. The authors engaged a semester length phenomenological narrative study of ten student teachers in an onsite student teaching seminar. Participants’ stories revealed that a more complete sense of self arose through conflicts encountered and the disjuncture of perceptions and realities of beginning to teach.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2009
Attending to Changing Landscapes: Shaping The Interwoven Identities of Teachers and Teacher Educators
In places in Canada, increasing numbers of teachers are leaving after only a few years of teaching. In this article, the authors take up questions about the stories teachers tell of their leaving. Furthermore, the authors examine what they can learn about their work as teacher educators from listening to, and inquiring into, teachers' stories.
Updated: Jun. 03, 2009
In this article, the authors use theories of identity to understand mentoring relationships between faculty members and doctoral students who are being prepared as educational researchers. They suggest that becoming a professional researcher requires students to negotiate new identities and reconceptualize themselves both as people and professionals in addition to learning specific skills; however, the success or marginalization that students experience may depend on the extent to which they attempt to enact identities that are valued by their mentors.
Updated: May. 25, 2009
The paper offers an alternative to normative teacher education that excludes meaningful sexuality and gender education from its curriculum. It presents a critical teacher education multicultural curriculum based in the United States that included an auto-ethnographic narrative assignment as reflective space for teacher candidates to consider their identities as shaped by lived experiences with gender and sexuality.
Updated: Mar. 30, 2009
From a sociocultural perspective, teacher identity is constructed in relation to others, including other teachers and students. Drawing on positioning theory and the concept of investment, this study analyzed the case of a secondary English teacher who negotiated his teacher identity in relation to English language learners (ELLs). Findings indicated that the teacher made an investment in ELLs' identity by positioning them as like any other student.
Updated: Jan. 05, 2009
Alternative Mentoring of Street Girls in Bangladesh: New Identities and Non-traditional Opportunities
The article describes how mentoring and female role models enhance self-worth and for adolescent girls. The project involved low socio economic girls from Bangladesh. Qualitative data was collected from participant diaries, focus group discussions, and mentor and participant interviews were conducted.
Updated: Nov. 17, 2008
For preservice teachers to learn to use science curriculum materials in productive ways, they must develop a conception of themselves as elementary teachers in which the use of science curriculum materials is a valued dimension of science-teaching practice. We define those dimensions of teachers' professional role identities concerned with the use of curriculum materials as curricular role identity. This mixed-methods study examines preservice elementary teachers' development of curricular role identity for science teaching through their use of science curriculum materials. Results suggest preservice teachers articulate important differences between their own and more experienced elementary teachers' curricular role identity for science teaching and make progress toward appropriating the latter.
Updated: Nov. 10, 2008