Exploring Student-Teacher’s Identity (Re)construction on a TESOL Programme

McDonagh, V. (2022) Exploring Student-Teacher’s Identity (Re)construction on a TESOL Programme. IATEFL 55th International Conference & Exhibition, Belfast, UK, 17-20 May 2022.

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Abstract

This paper is part of my ongoing doctoral studies exploring the identity (re)construction of student-teachers as they navigated their experiences of micro-teaching on a TESOL master’s programme in a UK university. Research on teacher identity, and language teacher identity, has grown in recent years, with identity, including teacher identity, now being viewed as something more fluid (Wenger, 1998) and multiple (Lawler, 2014). The participants face multiple identities, including being international students adapting to a new culture. The research looks narratively at identity through the participants’ lived stories (Clandinin and Connelly, 1996; Clandinin and Huber, 2005), using the commonplaces of narrative inquiry (Connelly and Clandinin, 2006) as a way of situating this. The data was collected via three narrative interviews over the academic year as well as guided reflective journals, written after each micro-teaching opportunity. These are being analysed at two levels: at an individual level to trace each participant’s journey of their identity (re)construction; and, at a group level where content analysis is being used to highlight common themes. Initial themes include classroom management, lesson design, and emotions. Initial findings indicate that greater awareness raising of teacher identity needs to take place to help new teachers reflect on their journey to becoming teachers while they are studying. The talk will provide some background information on the context, literature and methodology used and will share some of the findings and discussion from the research.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:McDonagh, Ms Vanessa
Authors: McDonagh, V.
Subjects:L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
L Education > LC Special aspects of education > LC5201 Education extension. Adult education. Continuing education
College/School:College of Arts > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Language Centre
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