ERIC Number: EJ1065950
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
Looking Like a Teacher: Fashioning an Embodied Identity through "Dressage"
Rutherford, Vanessa; Conway, Paul F.; Murphy, Rosaleen
Teaching Education, v26 n3 p325-339 2015
This article makes a case for bringing in the body from the margins of research on teacher education. In doing so, it considers the personal and socio cultural issues reported by seventeen pre-service teachers (PSTs), who are part of a one-year post graduate diploma in post-primary teaching, when learning to embody and fashion teacher identity. The article focuses on embodiment drawing on qualitative interview data from a large-scale government-funded study on initial teacher education. Drawing on Foucault's general theory of "dressage," at the center of which reigns the notion of disciplining and applying the methodology of critical discourse analysis, this article presents three themes tethered to the analysable and manipulable teacher body, namely "dressage" as compliance, "dressage" as discipline and "dressage" as performance. For PSTs, "looking like a teacher" and "dressage" as a practice of power is a significant part of the fabric of their professional school life.
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Professional Identity, Teaching (Occupation), Clothing, Self Concept, Teacher Student Relationship, Dress Codes, Human Body, Social Attitudes, Interviews, Discourse Analysis
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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