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Teacher Identity and Motivation: The Dynamic Systems Model of Role Identity

  • Avi Kaplan
  • Joanna K. Garner
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Abstract

In this chapter, we describe the Dynamic Systems Model of Role Identity (DSMRI)—a conceptual model that integrates understandings from multiple perspectives on identity and motivation. By using the DSMRI we capture the rich, complex, dynamic, and contextualized nature of teacher identity, while anchoring it in established identity and motivational constructs. The model highlights the central roles of knowledge and emotion in teacher identity and motivation; emphasizes the interdependence of identity elements, and hence the irreducibility of the teacher identity to its components; illustrates the continuous emergence of identity content, structure, and process of formation; and portrays the non-linear and non-deterministic nature of identity change as afforded and constrained by cultural means as well as individual-dispositional characteristics.

Keywords

Teacher identity Teacher motivation Dynamic systems Qualitative methods 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychological Studies in EducationTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Center for Educational PartnershipsOld Dominion UniversityNorfolkUSA

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