ERIC Number: EJ1051018
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 61
"The Personal Has Become Political": A Secondary Teacher's Perceptions of Her Body in the Classroom
Mallozzi, Christine A.
Journal of Pedagogy, v5 n2 p183-207 Dec 2014
The purpose of this paper is to examine how a secondary English teacher considered her body a personal and political matter within her professional settings. Discourse analysis of the participant's narrative evidences that women teachers are pressured to present certain feminine and heterosexual bodies and present a similar personal life within their pedagogy. The risk in not following suit is being pushed out of the profession, a matter that can be problematic especially when a teacher undergoes personal changes counter to professional expectations. Teacher education responsibility in preparing teacher candidates for a variable professional trajectory is noted.
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers, Human Body, Self Concept, Femininity, Feminism, Personal Narratives, Sexual Identity, Social Bias, Teaching Experience, Individual Development, Homosexuality, Professional Identity, Discourse Analysis, Peer Influence, Expectation, Teacher Persistence, Teacher Education, Semi Structured Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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