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ERIC Number: ED471561
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 19
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The Social Construction of Teachers' Individualism: How to Transcend Traditional Boundaries of Teachers' Identity?
Diniz-Pereira, Emilio Julio
This paper addresses the social construction of individualism as one of the strongest marks of traditional teacher identity. It discusses, through an educational literature review, why individualism is one of the strongest marks of traditional teacher identity, how this feature has been historically and socially constructed, why it has been so difficult to change this component of traditional teacher identity, and whether there is any possibility for constructing collaboration and solidarity as new features of teacher identity. After looking at the ethos of the occupation (conservatism, individualism, and presentism), the structure and culture of schools, the teachers' professional preparation and professional career, and the relationships between teachers and other people at the school, the paper examines myths in teacher identity construction. Finally, it suggests the importance of looking at school not only as a teaching and learning institution, but also as a place where people develop collaborative research, asserting that collaborative teacher research (to be developed in schools and teacher education programs) is one possibility for transcending or transforming traditional boundaries of teacher identity. (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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