10 SES 13 E, Early Childhood Teacher Educator Identity and Continuing Professional Learning: Perspectives from Europe and beyond
There is a growing body of research in the international literature which problematises notions of teacher educator professional identity, in particular early career teacher educators, that is, those involved in the training of teachers. As individuals transition from teacher to teacher educator, their previous identity as a teacher can become a source of ‘credibility’ with the students they work with. However, research shows it can also impede their developing identity as a teacher educator. This symposium paper will seek to explore the problematic nature of teacher educator identity and examine issues that early career teacher educators face during transition into their new role. It argues for the importance of (re)thinking conceptualisations of professional identity and the ways in which teacher educators can be supported to engage more effectively in professional learning and reflective practice through research and collaboration.
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