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ERIC Number: EJ1051169
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1060-6041
A Case Study of Self-Affirmations in Teacher Education
Robinson, Scott
Journal of Invitational Theory and Practice, v20 p27-36 2014
This qualitative study reports on what was learned from two former teacher candidates, who engaged in self-affirmation writing exercises in an education seminar during their final semester in a teacher education program. Self-affirmations, as presented here, are brief psychological interventions designed to enhance the self-integrity of teacher education candidates, so they can persist and overcome challenges and demands encountered during their field placement teaching assignments. The research questions guiding this inquiry are: a) to what degree do self-affirmations minimize stereotype threat among teacher candidates; b) in what ways do self-affirmations help candidates remain optimistic in their roles as teacher candidates; and c) how can candidates apply self-affirmation writing with their own secondary students? A central finding from this case study is that self-affirmation writing sustained the teacher candidates through the challenges they encountered during their field experience teaching. The research participants describe how self-affirmations helps them focus on their own positive inner voice, or whispering self, that encourages self-acceptance and a belief that they are good persons who care for themselves and others. Additionally, candidates apply, or envision how they might apply self-affirmation writing exercises in their own middle and high school classrooms.
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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: Hawaii
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