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ERIC Number: EJ1068218
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1559-9035
T. A. as Text
McLean, Cheryl
Journal of Language and Literacy Education, v2 n2 p7-18 Mar 2006
Awareness of how perceived roles shape how people see themselves and how others see them prompted Cheryl McLean to question how her new label of "teaching assistant" helped or hurt the teaching and learning process. As a teaching assistant, she moved into the dual role of teacher and student. She believes that the labels she adopts inevitably instruct and construct her thinking and influence her subjectivities. In this article, McLean uses the term subjectivity to mean a sense of self-ways of knowing about self in the world; how people understand themselves, consciously and unconsciously (Knobel & Lankshear, 2003). McLean expresses that by telling of her story, she hopes that awareness increases of how labels and fixed notions, understandings, and actions are formed and informed. Perhaps then the world can better recognize how teacher and student perspectives are normalized, identities and roles produced, and subjectivities created.
Department of Language and Literacy Education at the University of Georgia. 315 Aderhold Hall, Athens, GA 30602. Tel: 706-542-7866; Fax: 706-542-3817; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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