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“Traditional Teaching Method Still Holds Water”: Narrative Inquiry of Student Teachers’ Professional Identities at the Intersection of Teacher Knowledge and Subject Matter Knowledge

Crossroads of the Classroom

ISBN: 978-1-78635-797-7, eISBN: 978-1-78635-796-0

Publication date: 25 April 2017

Abstract

To explore how student teachers (re)construct their professional identities, this chapter contextualizes two student teachers’ practicum experiences in China. The overarching question is how the student teachers (re)construct their professional identities in the practicums, especially where their teacher knowledge and subject matter knowledge meet. By analyzing a flexible matrix of paired stories, the research highlights the collective influences of the multiple instructional contexts: nation-wide Free Teacher Education program policy, recent national curriculum reform in China, and the characteristics of the placement schools. The chapter finds that the student teachers’ professional identities are dynamic and evolving on the professional knowledge landscape. The (re)construction of professional identities involves developing practical knowledge and metaphors by negotiating the tensions the student teachers encountered in the practicums. Meanwhile, the student teachers experienced reflective turns (Schön, 1991) in the practicums, which caused the tension between teacher knowledge and subject matter knowledge and contributed to the formation of their professional identities.

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Zhu, G. (2017), "“Traditional Teaching Method Still Holds Water”: Narrative Inquiry of Student Teachers’ Professional Identities at the Intersection of Teacher Knowledge and Subject Matter Knowledge", Crossroads of the Classroom (Advances in Research on Teaching, Vol. 28), Emerald Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 221-241. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-368720160000028018

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