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Title: The emerging identity of preservice teachers during the practicum component of second language teacher education
Author: Diaz De La Garza, Ana Maria Elisa
ISNI:       0000 0004 6347 6225
Awarding Body: University of Southampton
Current Institution: University of Southampton
Date of Award: 2017
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This investigation joins the increasing body of research on initial teacher education arguing that preservice teacher (PST) learning and identity construction are intertwined and are crucial to professional development. Guided by Beijaard, Meijer, & Verloop's (2004) theoretical framework for investigating teacher professional identities, the focus of this study is to examine from a socio-constructivist perspective 1) how experiences in the practicum influence early professional identity construction; 2) how personal factors influence early identity construction; and 3) how reflective practice in the practicum influences PST professional identity development. To this end, I ask preservice teacher participants to reflect upon the challenges which they face during the practicum component of their second language teacher education (SLTE) programme and how their experiences have shaped their notions of professional identity, while paying particular attention to agency within resource poor environments. Specifically, this study examines the various problems confronting PSTs which include the impact of social, institutional and personal obstacles on the construction of participants’ professional identity. A group of ten Mexican PSTs in the eighth semester of their nine semester SLTE programme were research participants. This qualitative interpretative case study employed written reflections, asynchronous discussion forum transcripts, critical incidents, individual face to face interviews and a focus group session as methods of data collection. Data is analysed through sociocultural theory, positioning theory and interpretive discourse analysis employing Fairclough's (2003) discourse analysis model. Results revealed that multiple factors affected PSTs’ identity. These include participants’ past world experiences, practicum experiences and connections with colleagues and learners within communities of practice, knowledge of subject matter, teaching pedagogy, classroom management, and dealing with challenges in resource poor environments. The findings of this study contribute to the formulation of global knowledge and theory about language teachers’ learning which may benefit policy, theory and practice in the field of initial teacher education.
Supervisor: Zotzmann, Karin ; Stevenson, Patrick Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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