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ERIC Number: EJ891042
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 18
ISSN: ISSN-0141-1926
Resilience and Loss in Work Identities: A Narrative Analysis of Some Retired Teachers' Work-Life Histories
Kirk, John; Wall, Christine
British Educational Research Journal, v36 n4 p627-641 Aug 2010
The article examines the importance of "emotional labour" in the constitution of the "teacherly-self". Deriving from a research project on work and social identity, the article explores the ways teachers have negotiated the radical changes in the profession in recent years, and uses the notion of "teacher resilience" to explore the ways teachers have reacted to the effects of neo-liberal reforms to education; reforms that have powerfully impacted on the more child-centred ways of working in the classroom and school environment. Using narrative analysis of the work-life histories of these retired teachers, recorded using oral history methodology, the authors examine structures of feeling that turn on notions of emotional labour and commitment, resilience and loss in relation to the occupational identity of teachers. (Contains 2 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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