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ERIC Number: EJ907653
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1305-8223
Examining Incoming Identities in an Alternative Certification Program in Mathematics and Science
Friedrichsen, Patricia; Lannin, John; Abell, Sandra; Arbaugh, Fran; Volkmann, Mark
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v4 n2 p175-188 2008
In response to the shortage of qualified secondary mathematics and science teachers in the United States, alternative certification programs (ACPs) are proliferating. This study used identity as a theoretical lens to examine the incoming identities of 19 participants with post-baccalaureate degrees who entered an ACP. Within this cohort, the participants' incoming teacher identities ranged from "Always a Teacher" to "Late Deciders" to "Career Explorers." Participants held multiple non-teaching identities, some which supported their teacher identities (e.g., parent, tutor) while other identities (e.g., college instructor) created tension. Implications include recommendations for alternative certification program development and further research. (Contains 1 table, 1 figure and 1 endnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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