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ERIC Number: ED568012
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 192
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ISBN: 978-1-3395-3015-4
We Could Be Heroes: A Narrative Inquiry of Transformative Educators and Their Journey toward an Individuated Pedagogical Identity
Felux, Julie Moore
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, New Mexico State University
Educators can play a vital role in reclaiming education from its current status as a system dominated by increased standardization, surveillance, and other hegemonic practices. If there is any hope that schools can become sites of resistance, which promote greater democracy, humanity and justice, then it is essential that educators arrive on the scene, equipped with a critical awareness and a commitment to equity and social justice. The Jungian concept of individuation defines the process by which a person experiences a liminal space, or a psychological state of struggle and transition, and passing through this threshold results in a shift in consciousness. Educators who demonstrate this "individuated" approach embody the principles of Freire's (2000) "conscientizacao" and work to teach as critically conscious agents who strive to develop an understanding of themselves and the world in order to recognize and confront oppressive practices. Therefore, I examined the identity construction of those who have been identified as transformative and individuated educators can provide knowledge that may help educators to both foster critical awareness in themselves, and aid in the design of teacher educations programs that promote a path toward critical consciousness for future educators. This study represents a quest to understand what compels certain educators to enter that liminal space, and experience a shift in consciousness to become transformative teachers. [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
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Language: English
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