Encyclopedia of Teacher Education

Living Edition
| Editors: Michael A. Peters

Teacher Identity Perspectives

Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-1179-6_222-1


Identity has been a popular concept within educational research. Teacher identity connotes the act of being recognized as a teacher, the processes of recognizing oneself or others as a teacher, and such recognition as a product of psychological processes, social interactions, socially identifiable models of what (and who) teachers are, or confluences of all of these variables (Alsup 2013; Danielewicz 2001). Teacher identity encompasses a plurality of elements that interact in numerous ways and how such activity relates to the educative experiences of students. As an analytic concept, it has been taken up by teacher education scholars and education research to gain insight on the ways teachers understand their professional roles, how the recognition of self as a teacher emerges through preservice teacher education and pedagogical engagement as an in-service teacher, and the ways that social discourses, media, and culture inform mainstream interpretations of who teachers...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Elementary and Secondary EducationNew Jersey City UniversityJersey CityUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Kathryn Strom
  • Alan Ovens
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Curriculum and PedagogyUniversity of AucklandAucklandNew Zealand