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ERIC Number: EJ1169477
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Jan-22
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1068-2341
Alternative Routes to Teacher Professional Identity: Exploring the Conflated Sub-Identities of Teach for America Corps Members
Thomas, Matthew A. M.; Mockler, Nicole
Education Policy Analysis Archives, v26 n6 Jan 2018
Research on the development of professional identity for teachers who enter the profession through alternative routes is still in its infancy. In contrast to their peers who complete traditional initial teacher education programs, these teachers are exposed to different conditions and constraints that produce a range of sub-identities previously unidentified in the literature. This paper draws on interviews with 27 teachers who entered teaching through Teach For America and wrestled with these sub-identities as they considered their emerging professional identity. We argue that these sub-identities point to structural challenges embedded within Teach for America, and we highlight the need for additional research on the growing cadre of teachers entering the teaching profession through alternative routes, and subsequently influencing policymaking processes.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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