Uncertain identities of non-higher-education-based EFL teacher educators: A third space theory perspective

Hong ZHANG, Rui Eric YUAN

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Abstract

Although research on teacher educators' identities has received increasing attention in recent years, non-higher-education-based teacher educators' professional identities are still under-researched. Informed by the third space theory perspective, this paper presents a study that investigated 139 non-higher-education-based English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher educators' identities through the lens of metaphors. An analysis of the metaphors revealed four types of identities, namely, the willing communicators, the discontented jack-of-all-trades and master of none, the struggling professional leaders, as well as the caring supporters. These terms capture the participants' self-images and specify their obligations and responsibilities as teacher educators. The paper concludes with some implications for teacher educators' preparation and continuing development. Copyright © 2019 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)874-889
JournalTeachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice
Volume25
Issue number7
Early online date11 Nov 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Citation

Zhang, H., & Yuan, R. (2019). Uncertain identities of non-higher-education-based EFL teacher educators: A third space theory perspective. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, 25(7), 874-889. doi: 10.1080/13540602.2019.1689491

Keywords

  • Non-higher-education-based teacher educators
  • Teacher educator identity
  • Third space
  • Metaphor

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