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Teacher identity and early career resilience: Exploring the links

Pearce, J. and Morrison, C. (2011) Teacher identity and early career resilience: Exploring the links. Australian Journal of Teacher Education, 36 (1). pp. 48-59.

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A collaborative research project that explored the impact of professional, individual and relational conditions on the resilience of early career teachers revealed the importance of understanding how they engage in the formation of professional identities. Drawing on the traditions of narrative enquiry and critical ethnography, this article focuses on the story of Norah, one of sixty beginning teachers interviewed for this study, as she experienced becoming a teacher. Norah's story provides an insight into how early career teachers engage in shaping a professional identity, and leads us to suggest that resilience may be enhanced when early career teachers engage consciously and in relationship with others in this process.

Item Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Education
Publisher: School of Education, Edith Cowan University
Copyright: (c) The Authors
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