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Title: Mapping professional identities of dance teachers across time, space and practice : towards a model of professional identity formation
Author: Groves, Michelle Marie
ISNI:       0000 0004 7965 1470
Awarding Body: UCL (University College London)
Current Institution: University College London (University of London)
Date of Award: 2019
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This investigation explores ways in which dance teachers perceive and articulate their professional identities. The product of this exploration is a model of professional identities of dance teachers which will serve as a framework through which dance teachers and educators of dance teachers can engage in discursive dialogues about what it means to be a dance teacher. To date, no such model is in existence. This investigation proposes that such a model would support initial and on-going professional development, with a view of empowering dance teachers to operate in increasingly diverse dance teaching landscapes. In adopting an interpretive stance, 12 dance teachers from three different dance contexts across six different dance genres were interviewed. Semi-structured interview questions were framed by aspects of time, space and practice as a means of identifying different trajectories of professional identity formation. Analysis of the interviews resulted in the identification of four dance teacher professional identity types: Passive Idealist, Passive Materialist, Active Idealist and Active Materialist. The combination of different professional identity types enabled professional identity profiles for each participant to be created. The investigation concludes that the model of professional identities of dance teachers emanating from this investigation may also be useful for others wishing to explore and/or research professional identity formation in other fields of professional training/education.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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