Teacher Identity Construction: A Narrative Inquiry into English Postgraduate Student Teachers


Teaching is a complex activity that needs a long-term process for shaping the identity of the teacher. This study explores the process by which English learning experiences have shaped the identities of two postgraduate student-teachers. A narrative case study approach was conducted through personal narratives written by the writer and a semi-structured interview with the participant. These narratives encompassed our reflections on various "significant moments" that pointed to three major themes: becoming a teacher, a teacher’s beliefs and knowledge, and professional teacher identity transformation. The findings revealed that teacher identity involves comprehending the interaction between a complex and dynamic system of personal and social elements. The construction of a teacher's identity not only includes personal knowledge and behavior but is also influenced by ideological, political, cultural, and teaching interests and conditions. In addition, a teacher education program plays an essential role in that process. It provides general pedagogical, technical, and educational skills that are vital for the teaching profession.

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Khusna Irfiana, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia
Rojab Siti Rodliyah, Universitas Pendidikan Indonesia, Indonesia

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Conference: ACE2022
Stream: Foreign Languages Education & Applied Linguistics (including ESL/TESL/TEFL)

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Irfiana K., & Rodliyah R. (2023) Teacher Identity Construction: A Narrative Inquiry into English Postgraduate Student Teachers ISSN: 2186-5892 The Asian Conference on Education 2022: Official Conference Proceedings https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2023.37
To link to this article: https://doi.org/10.22492/issn.2186-5892.2023.37

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