Teacher professional identity is defined as the beliefs, values, and commitments an individual holds toward being a teacher as distinct from another professional and being a particular type of teacher e. Further, although classroom-oriented and individually-oriented teachers engaged in various forms of dialogic interaction within meetings, these types of interaction did not seem characteristic of their self-descriptions of their own teacher professional identities.
The data indicated three types of factors that were important to focal teachers in establishing their early professional identities. Teachers who emphasized classroom practice as the focal aspect of their identities were considered classroom-oriented teachers.
The teacher who emphasized individual factors, constructing his teacher professional identity around a personal image of teaching, was described as an individually-oriented teacher. The first type was individual factors such as personal experiences as students and pre-professional teaching experiences.
These discourses came from theory, policy, contexts in which teachers were embedded and from collegial or expert models of practice. A second group included practice-based or classroom-related factors such as subject matter, curriculum, instructional planning, and classroom based goals. Group meetings were structured to promote such a stance toward professional identity.
Teachers who approached their classroom practice and professional decision making with a clear sense of external discourses related to teaching and learning and a sense that they might affect these discourses through their professional practice were called dialogically-oriented teachers.
Implications of the study include: Finally, the third type was connected with external discourses related to teaching and learning. While all three types of factors were important to the focal group of teachers, individual teachers were oriented toward a particular set of factors over others in the construction of their professional identities.
Qualitative data including audio-transcribed meeting data, individual interview data, and classroom observations were collected over two school years, with a follow-up interview about teacher professional identity conducted in the school year following the dissolution of the inquiry group.
Dialogically-oriented teachers were the only group of teachers able to articulate both their classroom practice and the thinking which was underlying their choices as teachers. The collaborative inquiry group was embedded in a parent program which advocated a dialogically-oriented approach to teacher professionalism.
The orientation of teachers had consequences for their classroom practice as well as their sense of what it meant to be a teacher professional. The study utilizes a theoretical framework grounded in notions of agency, power and discourse as critical elements in the social construction of identity to examine how the focal teachers construct and enact a teacher professional identity in their early careers.Professional identity tensions of beginning teachers PROEFSCHRIFT ter verkrijging van de graad van doctor aan de Technische Universiteit Eindhoven, op gezag van de.
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This inquiry into early childhood teachers’ professional identities has gone some way to exploring the complexities around the early childhood teacher in child care. The concept of teacher identity is a crucial factor in teacher education and retention. Developing an identity as a teacher is not simply a natural process of professional maturation but rather “an important part of securing teachers’ commitment to their work and adherence to professional norms of practice” (Hammerness et al.,p.
). Teacher professional identity is defined as the beliefs, values, and commitments an individual holds toward being a teacher (as distinct from another professional) and being a particular type of teacher (e.g. an urban teacher, a beginning teacher, a good teacher, an English teacher, etc.).
Language teacher identity is an emerging subject of interest in research on language teacher education and teacher development due to the recognized reciprocal relationships between professional identity and professional knowledge and action.Download