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ERIC Number: ED553749
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 217
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3031-0051-2
Straddling the Borderlands of Art Education Discourse: Professional Teacher Identity Development of Preservice and Novice Art Education Teachers
Berwager, Kelly C.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Alabama
There has been a plethora of research done on all kinds of beginning teachers, but little has focused on art education teachers, and even less has focused on how beginning art education teachers make sense of their early teaching experiences. It is, however, known that teachers of art come to the profession with multiple skills that can be beneficial in developing a successful pedagogy and a sense of professional identity once they learn to put all of those skills together into a cohesive teacher-self. It is important to recognize the development of their teacher identities as a way of understanding their future effectiveness and dedication to the field of art education. This understanding could also help to develop better teacher preparation programs and in-service experiences for beginning teachers. Therefore, this study sought to understand art education teacher training and the possible problem of isolation, and how these impact art education teachers' abilities to develop professional identities. The study used emerging research study methods that involved 7 preservice and novice art education teachers from a university in Alabama. The teachers participated in questionnaires, one-on-one interviews, classroom observations, identity bricolage-making workshops and the writing of reflective artist statements. The findings suggest that past school biographies, parental and teacher influences, isolation, and artistic lived experiences contribute to teachers' development of their professional identities. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama