Source: European Journal of Teacher Education, Volume 36, Issue 2, 2013, pages 133-146
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.
A positioning analysis of narrative interaction in a conversation between two student teachers depicts the ways in which they express and negotiate feelings related to out loud reading. The results show that this approach can be a complement to the extensive body of knowledge on the place of emotions in teacher identity formation as it shows how emotions are negotiated among student teachers in a way that challenges the predominant focus on individual students’ expressions of emotions.