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Publication date: 8 January 2019

Adam Poole

This paper was written in response to the tendency for the international education literature to position the international teacher in essentialist and western-centric terms. The…

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Purpose

This paper was written in response to the tendency for the international education literature to position the international teacher in essentialist and western-centric terms. The international school landscape has changed significantly in the last 20 years, leading to the rise of type C non-traditional international schools, which requires a reconceptualisation of the international teacher. The purpose of this paper is to explore how a Chinese English teacher (Daisy) in an internationalised school in Shanghai constructed her identity as an international teacher.

Design/methodology/approach

This paper drew upon concepts from the teacher identity literature in order to construct a comparative conceptual framework comprised of personal, professional and cross-cultural domains of experience. Commensurate with this framework, in-depth phenomenological interviewing and member-checking were utilised in order to gain access to the participant’s lived experiences. Member-checking and data analysis became a dialogic and recursive process in which rapport was continually maintained and strengthened through the sharing of raw and analysed data, with additional comments and suggestions being fed back into an emerging interpretation in order to generate more data and enhance validity.

Findings

The findings highlighted how Daisy was active in not only constructing her identity as an international educator but also mobilising this identity to challenge the western-centric nature of international education. The findings also revealed moments of discursive dissonance. Daisy simultaneously constructed an identity as an “internationalising” teacher, but was also constructed as an international teacher through a discourse that presented international education as constructivist, and therefore western-centric, in nature. Implications and recommendations are made for practice and research based on these findings.

Originality/value

This paper offers an alternative perspective on the international teacher experience, which continues to be western-centric in focus, by exploring the development of an international teacher identity from a Chinese perspective.

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International Journal of Comparative Education and Development, vol. 21 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 2396-7404

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Publication date: 2 July 2021

Tristan Bunnell and Adam Poole

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Precarity and Insecurity in International Schooling
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80071-593-6

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Precarity and Insecurity in International Schooling
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80071-593-6

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Precarity and Insecurity in International Schooling
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80071-593-6

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Precarity and Insecurity in International Schooling
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80071-593-6

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Precarity and Insecurity in International Schooling
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80071-593-6

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Publication date: 2 July 2021

Tristan Bunnell and Adam Poole

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Precarity and Insecurity in International Schooling
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80071-593-6

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Precarity and Insecurity in International Schooling
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80071-593-6

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Precarity and Insecurity in International Schooling
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80071-593-6

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Publication date: 2 July 2021

Tristan Bunnell and Adam Poole

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Precarity and Insecurity in International Schooling
Type: Book
ISBN: 978-1-80071-593-6

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