Building teacher identity through the process of positioning
Arvaja, M. (2016). Building teacher identity through the process of positioning. Teaching and Teacher Education, 59 (October), 392-402. doi:10.1016/j.tate.2016.07.024
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This study explores teacher identity work in the context of a one-year programme, Pedagogical Studies for Adult Educators. The data consist of weekly learning diaries written by Anna, a university teacher, during one academic year. The diaries are analysed by means of dialogically oriented narrative analysis leaning on Bakhtinian notions of voicing and ventriloquation. The results show how Anna positions her storytelling and narrated self in relation to relevant characters by voicing and evaluating these characters. The construct of positioning provides tools for understanding the relationship between the self and others in teacher identity.