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Title: Crossing borders: new teachers coconstructing professional identity in performative times
Authors: Wilkins, Chris
Busher, Hugh
Kakos, Michalis
Mohamed, Carmen
Smith, Joan
First Published: 12-Jan-2012
Publisher: Routledge, an imprint of Taylor & Francis
Citation: Professional Development in Education, 2012, 38(1), pp. 65-77.
Abstract: This paper draws on a range of theoretical perspectives on the construction of new teachers’ professional identity. It focuses particularly on the impact of the development in many national education systems of a performative culture of the management and regulation of teachers’ work. Whilst the role of interactions with professional colleagues and school managers in the performative school has been extensively researched, less attention has been paid to new teachers’ interactions with students. This paper highlights the need for further research focusing on the process of identity co-construction with students. A key theoretical concept employed is that of liminality, the space within which identities are in transition as teachers adjust to the culture of a new professional workplace, and the nature of the engagement of new teachers, or teachers who change schools, with students. The authors argue that an investigation into the processes of this co-construction of identity offers scope for new insights into the extent to which teachers might construct either a teacher identity at odds with their personal and professional values, or a more ‘authentic’ identity that counters performative discourses. These insights will in turn add to our understanding of the complex range of factors impacting on teacher resilience and motivation.
DOI Link: 10.1080/19415257.2011.587883
ISSN: 1941-5257
eISSN: 1941-5265
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © 2012 International Professional Development Association (IPDA).
Description: This is an electronic version of an article published in Professional Development in Education, 2012, 38(1), pp. 65-77. Professional Development in Education is available online at:
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