Teacher identity construction across the curriculum: Promoting cross-curriculum collaboration in English-medium schools

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Abstract

This article reports on a qualitative study that explored the prospects for the promotion of collaborative relationships between English as a Second Language (ESL) and content teachers in Hong Kong. At the time of the study, the eight participants, four content teachers and four ESL teachers, were all teaching in English-medium secondary schools in Hong Kong. The study drew upon interview data to examine how the participants' construction of teacher identities can shape possibilities for collaboration between ESL and content teachers. The paper begins by discussing some of the key issues in promoting collaboration between content and ESL teachers, then draws upon the works of Wenger and Fairclough to describe a framework for understanding the construction of teacher identity in practice and in discourse. The framework is applied to reveal the major challenges facing the promotion of collaboration between content and ESL teachers. Implications for institutional change that might promote these collaborative relations are also discussed. Copyright © 2010 National Institute of Education, Singapore.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-183
JournalAsia Pacific Journal of Education
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010

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Trent, J. (2010). Teacher identity construction across the curriculum: Promoting cross-curriculum collaboration in English-medium schools. Asia Pacific Journal of Education, 30(2), 167-183.

Keywords

  • Teacher identity
  • Teacher collaboration
  • Discourse analysis