‘Choosing some teacher cardigans’: Teacher identity in year one of an undergraduate early years teacher education programme

Seward, Deborah and Renwick, Anne (2013) ‘Choosing some teacher cardigans’: Teacher identity in year one of an undergraduate early years teacher education programme. Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal (TEAN), 5 (3). pp. 17-26.

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This study of a group of first year undergraduate student teachers seeks to explore the
development of their professional identity as beginner teachers during the initial stages of their
three-year programme. The stimulus for the study was an apparent struggle students
experienced with their development of a learner identity in Higher Education, alongside
visualising themselves as teachers operating in the classroom. Questionnaires and naturally
occurring data linked to a module involving reflection and developing agency as a learner, were
collated and analysed using a grounded theory approach. Interviews were analysed using Atlas ti
and codes used to identify emerging themes. Findings indicated that it is important to discuss
teacher identity in the context of existing identities students demonstrate as these are challenged
on the journey to becoming a teacher. Initially, students focus on their outward appearance,hence the title ‘choosing some teacher cardigans’, as they emphasise the importance of looking like a teacher, at this stage of their identity development. The complexity of this journey is apparent, as is the need to examine identity development as an integral part of Initial Teacher Education.

Identity; student teacher; placement; school; concept builder.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal (TEAN)
Publisher: Unipress
ISSN: 2054-5266
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Departments: Institute of Education (IOE)
Depositing User: Linda Shore
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2013 09:52
Last Modified: 10 Feb 2017 19:17
URI: http://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/1482


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