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Developing Teacher Identity in Preservice Education: Experiences and Practices from Portugal

International Teacher Education: Promising Pedagogies (Part A)

ISBN: 978-1-78441-136-7

ISSN: 1479-3687

Publication date: 1 December 2014

Abstract

This chapter draws upon a wider project on the development of teacher identity in preservice education. The aim is to look at the effects of a given pedagogy which was designed and enacted in a Master degree in Teaching. The project draws upon existing international research literature on teacher identity which highlights the dynamic and multifaceted nature of the process as well as the pivotal role of preservice teacher education as a context for identity development. The main themes are explored through student teachers’ own voices (N = 20). Issues such as learning about becoming a teacher; exploring the unknown; making the implicit explicit; initial beliefs and theories about being a teacher; teachers’ role and work; from a student perspective towards a teacher perspective; expectations about teaching as a profession: skepticism and hope; and aspirations as preservice teachers are analyzed. The chapter concludes with insights and recommendations for others who might like to try this pedagogy in their respective international teacher education milieus.

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Flores, M.A. (2014), "Developing Teacher Identity in Preservice Education: Experiences and Practices from Portugal", International Teacher Education: Promising Pedagogies (Part A) (Advances in Research on Teaching, Vol. 22), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 353-379. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-368720140000022021

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