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ERIC Number: EJ816319
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-1047-6210
Professional Identity and Pedagogical Space: Negotiating Difference in Teacher Workplaces
Kostogriz, Alex; Peeler, Eleanor
Teaching Education, v18 n2 p107-122 Jun 2007
This paper explores "spatial struggle" in the formation of professional identities of overseas-born teachers. The basis of this struggle arises from a limited number of subject positions available for them in pedagogical spaces of the Australian system of education. We argue that relations of power/professional knowledge in teacher workplaces as well as the binary strategy of "us" and "them" generate marginal locations for overseas-born teachers within schools. This construction of marginality is informed not only by discourses of what counts as being a professional but also by the conception of workplace as a monocultural, pre-given and bounded entity. By rethinking workplaces as relational, as locations that are connected to other socioculturally produced places through spaces of semiotic flows, we can also rethink the professional becoming of overseas-born teachers. This involves a critical understanding of their situationality, which can be conceptualised as a struggle for professional recognition, voice and place within the real and imagined communities of teachers. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia