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ERIC Number: EJ864589
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jun
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 74
ISSN: ISSN-0305-764X
Understanding Teacher Identity: An Overview of Issues in the Literature and Implications for Teacher Education
Beauchamp, Catherine; Thomas, Lynn
Cambridge Journal of Education, v39 n2 p175-189 Jun 2009
While literature on teaching emphasizes the importance of identity in teacher development, understanding identity and the issues related to it can be a challenging endeavour. This article provides an overview of the issues revealed in recent discussions of teacher identity: the problem of defining the concept; the place of the self, and related issues of agency, emotion, narrative and discourse; the role of reflection; and the influence of contextual factors. A particular focus is placed on identity in pre-service teachers and new practitioners. Implications of an understanding of these issues for programmes of teacher education are highlighted.
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Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A