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ERIC Number: EJ1085083
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0155-0640
Identities in Motion: Rethinking Teacher-Student Identity Negotiation in Multilingual School Contexts
Cummins, Jim
Australian Review of Applied Linguistics, v38 n3 p99-105 2015
Recent scholarship within the field of applied linguistics highlights the fact that identities are not static but are fluid, multiple, changeable across time and space, and always constructed in relationship to interactions with others. In other words, identities are constantly in motion. This paper presents a framework for examining the notion of "identities in motion" as a core analytic construct in understanding patterns of educational success and failure. This framework is contrasted with the implicit frameworks that have operated in many countries that consign notions of identity negotiation to the margins and focus on "educational effectiveness" as a process of instructional and organisational efficiency in isolation from the historical and current social context.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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