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ERIC Number: EJ811900
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Feb
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
Space for Performing Teacher Identity: Through the Lens of Kafka and Hegel
Parkison, Paul
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v14 n1 p51-60 Feb 2008
Franz Kafka's 1912 novella "The Metamorphosis" provides an analogy for a consideration of the process of teacher identity formation and performance. Gregor Samsa awoke to find himself transformed into a giant beetle. He faced a complete loss of identity as he lost connection with the micro-political space that formed the context of his former role performances. Teachers face an analogous situation. Within the context of institutional role scripts and political influences, do teachers choose to become determined by outside forces rendering them incapable of change? Do they forfeit their rights and responsibilities within society? Or, do teachers, through positive action within discursive practices, express their freedom and their self-consciousness by recognizing their ethical responsibility to serve society? G.W.F. Hegel provides a framework within which to consider the potential responses to these questions. Teachers have a choice to make: surrender or act. An examination of the development of teacher identity is presented utilizing the lens of Kafka's "The Metamorphosis" and G.W.F. Hegel's "The Phenomenology of Mind".
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A