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ERIC Number: EJ786855
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Sep
Pages: 30
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0042-0972
Voices of Identity in a Chicana Teacher's Occupational Narratives of the Self
Galindo, Rene
Urban Review: Issues and Ideas in Public Education, v39 n3 p251-280 Sep 2007
The research area of teacher narrative inquiry has identified links between the personal and professional identities of teachers. Although teacher narrative inquiry takes narrative texts as its data, insufficient attention has been given to the functions of narratives as forms of discourse that are utilized in the construction of identity. In the present study, the concept of narrative identity guided the analysis of a Chicana teacher's personal experience narratives. The analysis of six narratives told during interviews conducted across a year's time examined how the voices in the narratives, communicated through reported speech, represented the relational, discursive, and ideological social worlds within which the Chicana teacher's occupational identity was shaped. The reported speech in the Chicana teacher's narratives quoted the voices of significant Others, such as her family members and the parents of her students. The Chicana teacher's narratives crafted her response to the tensions and challenges that these voices represented to her emerging occupational identity as a bilingual education teacher. In her narratives, the Chicana teacher also constructed continuity across the distinct phases of her occupational identity as a bilingual teacher that included transitions from college student, to novice bilingual teacher, to experienced bilingual teacher.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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