Cinders in Snow? Indigenous Teacher Identities in Formation

Jo-Anne Reid, Ninetta Santoro

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    The identity work engaged in by Indigenous teachers1 in school settings is highlighted in a study of Australian Indigenous teachers. The construction of identity in home and community relationships intersects with and can counteract the take up of a preferred identity in the workplace. In this paper we analyse data from interviews with Indigenous teachers, exploring the interplay between culture and identity. We foreground the binary nature of racial assignment in schools, demonstrate how this offers contradictory constructions of identity for Indigenous teachers, and note the effects of history, culture and location in the process of forming a teaching 'self'.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)143-160
    Number of pages18
    JournalAsia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2006


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