ERIC Number: EJ1033835
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 36
Looking the Tiger in the Eye: Overcoming Fear-Based Teacher Identities
Wegwert, Joseph C.
Childhood Education, v90 n2 p137-142 2014
There has been a growing interest in and research on the construction of teachers' professional identity and parameters of practice among researchers worldwide. This piece examines the nature of teachers' perceptions about their professionalism and practice. It also explores teacher isolation stemming from assumptions related to classroom control and community politics, resulting in fear and relational distance. The exposition contributes to discussions in the field of teacher education and professional development that might change the individualistic and isolated environments in schools and among teaching professionals. It encourages re-thinking of teacher authority and relationships to build school cultures that enable powerful student learning and strengthen teachers' professional identities.
Descriptors: Professional Identity, Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Professional Isolation, Fear, Teacher Education, Faculty Development, Work Environment, Teaching Conditions, School Culture, Classroom Techniques, Politics of Education, Parent School Relationship, Democracy
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education; Secondary Education; Elementary Secondary Education
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