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ERIC Number: EJ811758
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jul
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
ISSN: ISSN-1547-688X
Blogs' Affordances for Identity Work: Insights Gained from an Urban Teacher's Blog
Luehmann, April Lynn
New Educator, v4 n3 p175-198 Jul 2008
Reform-minded teachers encounter formidable challenges, especially in the difficult conditions of typical urban settings. Maintaining an online web log (or "blog") has been suggested as a powerful tool to support their practice and continuing professional development. To further articulate how and why blogs can provide teachers with unique opportunities for identity work, I examine the blog of "Ms. Frizzle," one reform-minded urban middle school science teacher and exceptional blogger. Four recurring features of her blogging, which are all critical elements of identity work, are identified and analyzed: (a) constructing stories of multifaceted aspects of science teaching that are often in tension with one another; (b) simultaneously supporting and being supported by a professional community that spanned traditional boundaries; (c) trying on and developing a variety of interrelated professional sub-identities; and (d) positioning herself centrally within a larger professional discourse. Various forms of investment that were instrumental to Ms. Frizzle's identity work through blogging are also identified and discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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