Narrative understanding of identity and practice

Yim Mei Esther CHAN, Tak Lan Rosa CHIU-CHING, Wai Ming YU

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In this paper, we report the narratives of teachers about how we understand who we are and why we have become who we are. As experience is viewed as the stories people live, we used storytelling as a tool to elicit hidden memories from our own childhood and youth. In order to understand how teachers shaped their storied lives, each of the teacher participants are asked to compose a list of stories which they have enjoyed to read. They are then invited to tell the stories and discuss the significance of them. It is highlighted that each of us might create a unique version in our minds although the same story is heard. Through sharing personal thoughts or feelings the narrative have triggered among the teachers, we come to understand how our values, philosophies and beliefs are shaped that enables us to compose new narratives of personal and professional identity.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2005


Chan, E. Y.-M., Chiu-Ching, R. T., & Yu, W.-M. (2005, April). Narrative understanding of identity and practice. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of American Educational Research Association: Demography and Democracy in the Era of Accountability, Montréal, Quebec.


  • Teacher Education
  • Teacher Education and Professional Development


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