• Lois McFadyen Christensen
  • Jerry Aldridge


Few, if any, critical pedagogy texts incorporate information about identity development as a salient feature. Educators must first question their own identities in order to assist students at every level in developing their own. Teachers are asked to consider the following questions. Who am I? Why am I here? Where am I going? What are the obstacles I face? How can I transcend these obstacles? With whom do I travel? A discussion of how to approach each of these questions is a major focus of this chapter. Further, this chapter is about the dynamic and shifting nature of identity. How do early childhood and elementary educators navigate the fluid nature of identity within themselves and their students?


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lois McFadyen Christensen
    • 1
  • Jerry Aldridge
    • 2
  1. 1.School of EducationUniversity of AlabamaBirminghamUSA
  2. 2.OMEP Representative to UN/UNICEF North American OMEP Representative to OASNew YorkUSA

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