What was that all about? Transforming identities of schoolteachers as academics: a critical study of transition and meaning making.

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Abstract

This international research project explores the perceptions of university appointees transitioning from professional practice to academia. The experience of teacher educators as they move from teaching in schools to the university is discussed. By probing deeply aspects of the transition that emerged as critical to the negotiation of an academic identity we uncover differences in professional and academic backgrounds, experiences, personalities, supporting and systemic structures, values and politics yet very similar perceptions of the need to interrupt the traditional processes of academic transitions. Through auto-ethnography and narrative we uncover ways that academics can reflect, poke holes in false identities thrust upon them, acknowledge the roles of their peers in their developing academic identity and work outward towards those spaces that make them human. But the narratives also illuminate despair and ontological insecurity as participants reflect on how they are positioned as 'deficit' academics and the confusing status of a doctorate.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationATEE Annual Conference
Subtitle of host publicationTeacher Education through Partnerships and Collaborative Learning Communities
Place of PublicationBelgium
PublisherATEE
Pages119-130
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2015
EventAssociation for Teacher Education in Europe - University of Minho, Braga, Portugal, Portugal
Duration: 25 Aug 201427 Aug 2014

Conference

ConferenceAssociation for Teacher Education in Europe
CountryPortugal
Period25/08/1427/08/14

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