This exploratory study examines the evolving nature of Chinese pre-service teachers' identity in relation to their experiences of school-based learning to teach during an 8-week internship. The results suggest that the identities of the four Chinese pre-service teachers in this study are anchored by two dimensions: their commitment to teaching and their perception of the teacher's role. After the internship, the four pre-service teachers' identities all shifted with respect to these two dimensions. The findings address an issue of potential conceptual confusion about the relationship between identity and learning to teach, which is neither linear nor unidirectional, but reciprocal. Further, the outcomes of this study suggest that there is a need to be more sensitive and responsive to identity shifts as students negotiate the transition from being a pre-service teacher to practicing professional. Lastly, this study conducted in a non-Western professional context, that is, a Chinese Teacher Education and Chinese School context, offers a valuable but missing perspective on teacher identity in the Western literature. Copyright © 2018 De La Salle University.
CitationZhang, Q., Clarke, A., & Lee, J. C. K. (2018). Pre-service teachers' professional identity development within the context of school-based learning to teach: An exploratory study in China. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 27(6), 477-486. doi: 10.1007/s40299-018-0408-z
- Pre-service teacher
- Teaching practice
- Teacher identity