This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 26, Issue 8,
Author(s): Inge Timoštšuk and Aino Ugaste, ' Student Teachers’ Professional Identity',
Pages 1563-1570, Copyright Elsevier (November 2010).
This article presents the findings of a study which examines the professional identity of 45 student teachers.
The students described their personal experiences in teaching their own subject.
Furthermore, the students described the positive and negative emotions that were evoked.
Students emphasized failure or success but not what they had or had not learned.
Broader social contexts and professional relationships within the teaching community were marginalized.
The study suggests developing the social aspects of learning to teach by supporting teacher identity formation in initial training.