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ERIC Number: EJ804679
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 21
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 35
ISSN: ISSN-1545-4517
"All the Things We Are": Balancing our Multiple Identities in Music Teaching
Dolloff, Lori-Anne
Action, Criticism, and Theory for Music Education, v6 n2 p1-21 Oct 2007
The author reads with great interest Rhoda Bernard's (2005) article "Making Music, Making Selves." Bernard's concerns about the multiple identities that she holds, and people's tendency to compartmentalize their various identities according to audience and role are issues for the author as she designs and teaches within music teacher education programmes. Bernard mourns the fact that she is forced to present only a select part of herself when in academic audiences, belying the fact that she has robust and varied identities that undoubtedly feed who she is as a teacher. She struggles with the same question that everyone does when presenting themselves to others--indeed, colleagues, students, friends or family: How do they choose which identity will make them seem relevant, important, someone who ought to be listened to? This raises the question of what teacher educators value as "teacher identity?" When teacher educators engage in research about teacher identity, or pedagogies whose aim is to develop teacher identity, do they force their teacher candidates to fragment their realities? In this article, the author hopes to join the conversation and proposes several other themes for consideration. (Contains 12 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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