Teacher Identity Discourses
Negotiating Personal and Professional Spaces
By Janet Alsup
Foreword by Deborah P. Britzman
Routledge – 2005 – 256 pages
Series: NCTE-Routledge Research Series
In this book, Janet Alsup reports and theorizes a multi-layered study of teacher identity development. The study, which followed six pre-service English education students, was designed to investigate her hypothesis that forming (or failing to form) a professional identity is central in the process of becoming an effective teacher. This work addresses the intersection of various types of discourse within the process of professional identity development, emphasizes that the intersection of the personal and professional in teacher identity formation is more complex than is acknowledged in typical methods classes, and accents the need for teacher educators to take steps to facilitate such integration. Specific suggestions for methods courses are presented that teacher educators can use as is or adapt to their own contexts. Teacher Identity Discourses: Negotiating Personal and Professional Spaces speaks eloquently to faculty, researchers, and graduate students across the field of teacher education.
"Teacher-educators, in particular, would find this a helpful supplement to literacy education courses, since it suggests ways to encourage preservice teachers to reflect on their professional dispositions and assumptions…Current and future teachers will appreciate this combination of theoretical and practical suggestions, the potentional uses of which will not leave an educator wondering how to bring aspects of identity into a collective light." -- Language Arts, March 2009, Vol. 86, No. 4
Contents: D.P. Britzman, Foreword. Preface. A Teaching Life: How and Why This Project Came to Be. What Does It Mean to Be a Secondary School Teacher? The Struggle of Subjectivities: Narratives of Tension. Memories and Enactments: Experiential Narratives of Teaching and Learning. Denying the Mind/Body Split: Narratives About the Embodiment of Teacher Indentity. The Influence of Others: Narratives About Family and Friends. Using Discourse to Create a Teacher Identity: Borderland Narratives. Teaching Is…An Analysis of the Metaphor. What Do I Believe? Statements of Philosophy. To Know Thyself: Final Thoughts About Teacher Identity. Appendices.