From rigid dichotomy to measured contingency: Hong Kong preservice teachers' discursive construction of identity

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Abstract

This article reports on a qualitative study into the discursive construction of teacher identities amongst six preservice English language teachers in Hong Kong. While teacher identity construction has been conceptualized as an evolving process of becoming a teacher, some preservice teachers regard their professional identities as rigid, resulting in criticism of teacher education programs that promote a unitary image of ‘good’ teachers and teaching. The results of this study suggest that the participants did hold rigid conceptions about mutually exclusive types of teachers and teaching approaches. These conceptions were challenged as participants reflected on their own enactment of teacher identities. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)906-913
JournalTeaching and Teacher Education
Volume26
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2010

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Trent, J. (2010). From rigid dichotomy to measured contingency: Hong Kong preservice teachers' discursive construction of identity. Teaching and Teacher Education, 26(4), 906-913.

Keywords

  • Teacher identity
  • Teacher education
  • Pre-service teachers
  • Discourse analysis