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ERIC Number: ED591856
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Student Academic Identity and Early Childhood Field-Based Initial Teacher Education
Dunham, Nicola
Australian Association for Research in Education, Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Australian Association for Research in Education (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Nov 27-Dec 1, 2016)
This overall aim of this paper is to report on PhD (Education) research critically examining the nature and significance of academic identity for students in early childhood field-based initial teacher education (FBITE) in Aotearoa New Zealand. Student academic identity is defined as the appropriation of academic values and practices within a sense of self, reflecting the willingness and commitment to the practices of the academic community. Student academic identity was identified as consisting of five elements: self-theory, achievement indicators, agency-beliefs, motivation and dispositions. An interpretive qualitative research design was used with data gathered from students, Teacher Educators and Associate Teachers. Data collection involved open-ended questionnaires interviews, and documentary analysis. Data was analysed using the principles of thematic analysis. The findings show that, for students in FBITE programmes, academic identity development is complex, intertwined with emerging professional identities, and influenced by learning contexts and the conflicting roles and commitments held in addition to being a student. This research is significant due to the limited research presenting a holistic view of student academic identity, examining all of these five elements, and the lack of literature focusing specifically on this issue for students in FBITE.
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Zealand