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ERIC Number: EJ1029802
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1474-9041
Learning and Developing as a University Teacher: Narratives of Early Career Academics in Estonia
Remmik, Marvi; Karm, Mari; Lepp, Liina
European Educational Research Journal, v12 n3 p330-341 2013
In recent years the higher education context in Estonia, as in most European countries, has changed a lot. All changes have an impact on university teachers' practice and their work organisation, and are presenting new challenges. The current research aims at developing an understanding of Estonian early career academics' professional identity by using their teaching narratives. The research is based on the consideration that narratives have previously yielded good results in investigating professional identity and related underlying concepts. This article is based on semi-structured interviews with 41 early career academics specialising in various disciplinary fields in higher education. On the basis of the analysis, the authors found that academics constructed their life as a whole while retelling their stories and made links between their previous life and being an academic. The findings from the research reveal that early career academics' experiences of teaching and their professional identity as teachers differ depending on individual agency, prior learning, work experience, context, and informal relations. The research also showed that narratives helped the interviewees to view and reflect upon their experiences and professional identity as university teachers and plan their future perspectives in the university.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Postsecondary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Estonia