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ERIC Number: EJ1016454
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Mar
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0313-5373
Defining Professional Self: Teacher Educator Perspectives of the Pre-ECR Journey
MacDonald, Abbey; Cruickshank, Vaughan; McCarthy, Robyn; Reilly, Fiona
Australian Journal of Teacher Education, v39 n3 Article 1 Mar 2013
This paper examines the situations of four teacher educators working within academic contexts, but who do not as yet qualify as early career researchers (ECRs) by definition. Within this paper, we define this group as "pre-ECRs"; those working and teaching within contexts of academia whilst undertaking a PhD or similar higher education qualification. Critical comparative analysis is used to examine the nexus between what is currently known about becoming an ECR and narrative accounts of the authors' experiences of negotiating Faculty expectations for research output, teaching and postgraduate study. This approach provides rich insight into what happens prior to and during the initial stages of what we define as the pre-ECR journey. Through the examination of our storied experiences within the context of the existing body of knowledge, the implications of not being able to locate ourselves within a distinctive and appropriate professional identity become apparent. This paper offers a unique insight as it is researched from the perspectives of four pre-ECRs working within an Australian University Faculty of Education. This is valuable given that current research around ECRs provides minimal insight into experiences and challenges unique to those working toward ECR status.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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