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Voices of identity and professional change : an interpretive study of elementary school teachers

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dc.contributor.advisor Adams, Pamela
dc.contributor.author Allan, Sharon Linda
dc.contributor.author University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education
dc.date.accessioned 2010-03-16T20:41:34Z
dc.date.available 2010-03-16T20:41:34Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10133/880
dc.description ix, 114 leaves ; 29 cm. en
dc.description.abstract Classrooms are rich environments characterized by change. Children grow physically, mature socially, and develop cognitively. Learning, at its most essential, is about growth and change. Teachers, in response to their students' development, work to provide meaningful learning experiences that will enhance and facilitate further growth. Amidst this constant change and intense emotion, teachers develop evolving understandings of who they are: the self that teaches (Palmer, 1998). Through conversational interviews, this interpretive inquiry explores the nature of the relationship between experiences of professional change and evolving teacher identity in the lives of seven elementary school teachers in an urban school jurisdiction in southeastern Alberta, Canada. While some educators found their experiences to be characterized by feelings of loss and grief, findings of this study indicate that professional relationships exert a powerful influence prompting, sustaining, and assuaging change. Recommendations emerging from this inquiry include recognition of the value of collegial conversations to offer new understandings of professional context and of the deeper self who interacts with children. In addition, this study suggests a reappraisal of the role of jurisdictions, schools and administrators; significant and tangible support for activities and practices that invite the consideration of professional change honours the lived experiences of educators, shapes evolving teacher identity, and ultimately, enhances learning for children. en
dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Lethbridge, Alta. : University of Lethbridge, Faculty of Education, 2008 en
dc.relation.ispartofseries Project (University of Lethbridge. Faculty of Education) en
dc.subject Elementary school teachers -- Alberta, Southern -- Attitudes en
dc.subject Elementary school teachers -- Alberta, Southern -- Interviews en
dc.subject Elementary school teachers -- Alberta, Southern -- Job satisfaction en
dc.title Voices of identity and professional change : an interpretive study of elementary school teachers en
dc.type Thesis en
dc.publisher.faculty Education en

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