1st ed. 2018, IX, 234 p.
Professional Identities in Initial Teacher EducationThe Narratives and Questions of Teacher Agency
Examines how teacher identities begin to form and coalesce during initial
Presents the fashioning and refashioning of juxtaposed professional and
personal identities through a collection of narrative date
Draws out implications for theory, professional practice and policy
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This book explores the perception, construction and performance of professional identities in initial
teacher education (ITE). Drawn from a collection of narrative data from postgraduate students, the
author explores these topics through school placement, career choice motivations, the
attractiveness of the teaching profession, the presentation of personal and professional selves, and
professional standards. The findings of this study can be applied across both European and global
dimensions. The use of narrative methodology for data collection, in addition to the implementation
of various theoretical frameworks, ensures that the book holds a wide appeal. Interweaving theory
with personal experiences, this reflective book will appeal to students and scholars of ITE, as well as
early career researchers and practitioners.
This text makes a distinctive and stimulating contribution to the literature on ITE. It is noteworthy for
its focus on the perception, construction and performance of professional identities in teaching,
examined through a range of theoretical frameworks including those of Bourdieu, Foucault, Goffman
and Actor-Network theory, all of which are discussed accessibly and illustrated through examples of
relevant research. Importantly, the topic of teacher education is located in a European and global
Jenny Ozga, Oxford University, UK
Understanding aspirant teachers what motivates them, how they perceive themselves, how they
negotiate the diverse demands made on their personal and professional lives, and how they express
their best loved selves in the crucible of everyday classroom life - is at the heart of this important
new book. By providing us with theoretically informed, and vivid, original and multi-perspectival
portraitures, Mifsud does a great service to an underrated profession, and to education as a whole.
Ronald Sultana, Director, Euro-Mediterranean Centre for Educational Research, University of
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