Shaping global teacher identity in a short-term mobility programme

Tangen, Donna, Henderson, Deborah, Alford, Jennifer, Hepple, Erika, Alwi, Amyzar, Shaari, Zaira Abu Hassan, & Alwi, Aliza (2015) Shaping global teacher identity in a short-term mobility programme. Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 43(5), pp. 1-16.

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Abstract

This article explores the shaping of Australian and Malaysian pre-service teachers’ possible selves in a short-term mobility programme. With the theory of possible selves, individuals imagine who they will become based on their past and current selves. The focus of the research was on pre-service teachers’ possible selves as global and culturally responsive teachers. The experiential learning through participation in the programme allowed participants to consider their future possible selves as teachers with a deeper understanding of diverse learners’ needs and how they might strive to address these needs in their own classrooms. The scaffolding of reflections in the programme encouraged the pre-service teachers to take on multiple perspectives, to step outside their comfort zones and in many ways to see the world from different eyes. The research found that through experiential learning in the short-term mobility programme both the Australian and Malaysian pre-service teachers gained in positioning their cultural selves currently and as future teachers, suggesting that there is merit in utilising the theory of possible selves in future research in the area of shaping teacher identity.

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ID Code: 91346
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Experimental Learning, Intercultural Awareness, Possible selves, Short-term mobility programme, Teacher identity, HERN
DOI: 10.1080/1359866X.2015.1119803
ISSN: 1359-866X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators (130313)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Cultural & Professional Learning
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 Australian Teacher Education Association
Copyright Statement: The Version of Record of this manuscript has been published
and is available in Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, 14 December 2015, http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/1359866X.2015.1119803
Deposited On: 05 Jan 2016 23:37
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2016 11:53

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