Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The revelation of teacher identity in the process of the “descriptive review of a child”
by Horne, Deven, Ph.D., State University of New York at Albany, 2011, 142; 3482535
Abstract (Summary)

Teaching is a complex relationship of the "I", the "Thou" and the "It" as described by David Hawkins (1974). This study examines the "I", a teacher's professional identity, as it is revealed in a specific professional development activity focused on examining students and student work known as the "Descriptive Review of a Child". Using a phenomenological case study approach, I followed four individual teachers throughout their engagement in the inservice as well as conducted post-interviews to the activity. The theoretical frameworks of the "I", "thou" and "it" by Hawkins and the "core reflection" by Korthagen provided the constructs used to investigate the revelation of a teacher's professional identity during the professional development activity and reflection. Looking for tensions that may exist between the teacher's self and the instructional process or culture was also investigated. Findings showed that the teacher's identity can be revealed in the "Descriptive Review of a Child" and in the reflection on the experience. The teacher identity was discovered to be an interwoven relational factor throughout this professional development experience. Tensions between the teacher's self and instruction or culture within the classroom or school were also found. Bringing awareness of teacher professional identity within professional development activities can provide valuable insight for professional development specialists seeking to support teacher learning.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Kouba, Vicky
Commitee: Oliveira, Alan, Wilcox, Kristen
School: State University of New York at Albany
Department: Educational Theory and Practice-Curriculum and Instruction
School Location: United States -- New York
Source: DAI-A 73/03, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Teacher education
Keywords: Professional development, Teacher identity
Publication Number: 3482535
ISBN: 978-1-267-04105-0
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