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    1st ed. 2018, IX, 234 p.

    Denise Mifsud

    Professional Identities in Initial Teacher EducationThe Narratives and Questions of Teacher Agency

    Examines how teacher identities begin to form and coalesce during initial

    teacher education

    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

    policy frame.

    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

    Malta, Malta

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