01 SES 10 B, Becoming a Teacher in Europe Today. Complexities and Paradoxes of a Fundamental Profession (Part 1)
Symposium: to be continued in 01 SES 11 B
This paper draws upon a longitudinal study on beginning teachers and their experiences of becoming and being a teacher in unprecedented challenging circumstances in Portugal. It focuses on the ways in which changes in policy and school context and in their personal and professional context, impact upon teachers’ professional identity. These will be analyzed drawing upon the stories of two beginning teachers. Their accounts will be used to illustrate the key influencing factors that have impacted upon the development of their professional identities. Four main themes emerged from the data: the influence of context, both at a policy and social level and at a school level; the importance of relationships in teaching, particularly with students and colleagues; the emergence of inner tensions resulting from the mismatch between strong beliefs and reality; and the role of emotions in (re)defining teachers’ practice of teaching and teachers’ identity development. Teaching is very demanding and teachers do experience a wide range of positive and negative emotions, especially when social recognition, trust, respect and professional practice are challenged. The paper concludes with the discussion of the findings and their implications, namely the importance of changing contexts of teaching in defining, justifying and transforming teachers’ identities.
00. Central Events (Keynotes, EERA-Panel, EERJ Round Table, Invited Sessions)
Network 1. Continuing Professional Development: Learning for Individuals, Leaders, and Organisations
Network 2. Vocational Education and Training (VETNET)
Network 3. Curriculum Innovation
Network 4. Inclusive Education
Network 5. Children and Youth at Risk and Urban Education
Network 6. Open Learning: Media, Environments and Cultures
Network 7. Social Justice and Intercultural Education
Network 8. Research on Health Education
Network 9. Assessment, Evaluation, Testing and Measurement
Network 10. Teacher Education Research
Network 11. Educational Effectiveness and Quality Assurance
Network 12. LISnet - Library and Information Science Network
Network 13. Philosophy of Education
Network 14. Communities, Families and Schooling in Educational Research
Network 15. Research Partnerships in Education
Network 16. ICT in Education and Training
Network 17. Histories of Education
Network 18. Research in Sport Pedagogy
Network 19. Ethnography
Network 20. Research in Innovative Intercultural Learning Environments
Network 22. Research in Higher Education
Network 23. Policy Studies and Politics of Education
Network 24. Mathematics Education Research
Network 25. Research on Children's Rights in Education
Network 26. Educational Leadership
Network 27. Didactics – Learning and Teaching
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