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Title: Being and becoming : the creative balance of the artist teacher
Author: Singer, Jessica Elizabeth
ISNI:       0000 0004 7226 059X
Awarding Body: University of Aberdeen
Current Institution: University of Aberdeen
Date of Award: 2018
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In this study, identity is conceptualised as a joint accomplishment between individuals and their interactions with norms, practices, cultural tools, relationships, and institutional and cultural contexts (Gee, 2000; Holland et al., 1998; and Wenger, 1998). From this stance, this research is within a situative approach which aims to understand motives and engagement of people as they participate in formal and informal learning contexts. This is accumulated from experiences (Dewey, 1934) which are processed and retained. From this state of being, the individual's identity is in the process of becoming; affected by personal circumstances and experiences gathered throughout the life course. In response to this, this research views identity not as a thing but as a process of being and becoming. (Beijaard, 2003). Through the process of living, individuals come into constant interaction with different contexts and cultures which inform their personalised identities. Individuals live in the world and, in so doing, create a 'meshwork' (Ingold, 2011) in which individuals do not exist in one location but move along paths acknowledging the role of other people and places in the formation of identity. Transitions throughout the individually lived life course (Elder, 1994) and the emotional experiences (Dutton and Heaphy, 2003) of these transitions aid in the identity formation of the artist teacher. The artist teacher is in a constant state of 'negotiating' between the identities of the artist and the artist teacher. The theoretical framework guiding this study merges Urie Bronfenbrenner's theory of ecological systems (1979)- the micro-, meso-, and macro- levels of human development with Barbara Rogoff's three planes of analysis (1995) - the personal, interpersonal and community levels of development. Data were built with the participation of six artist teachers living and working in North East Scotland, Aberdeen. Findings revealed fascinating ways in which the six artist teachers negotiated their artist and artist teacher identities in/through: art practice and pedagogy, collaborations with others in processes of dialogue and joint activity, and both solo and collaborative participation across persons in-contexts (Nolen et al., 2015).This study contributes to knowledge in exploring both psychological and sociological emotional experiences of the artist teacher to provide a more comprehensive and thorough examination of identity formation from a situative perspective.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: University of Aberdeen
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: Art teachers ; Creative ability ; Teaching ; Identity (Psychology)