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ERIC Number: EJ782416
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
"You Choose to Care": Teachers, Emotions and Professional Identity
O'Connor, Kate Eliza
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v24 n1 p117-126 Jan 2008
This paper discusses the findings of a qualitative interpretive study on secondary school teachers' professional identities and emotional experiences. Teachers' work is emotionally engaging and personally demanding, yet the caring nature of the teaching role is largely neglected in educational policy and teacher standards. This paper examines the reasons behind the marginalisation of discourses of emotionality and discusses the lived experiences of three teachers. The caring behaviour that teachers exhibit in their work is seen to have professional, performative and philosophical dimensions as individual teachers subjectively negotiate the demands that are placed upon them in different situated contexts.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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