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Summary Framework: Teacher Identity

Who you are as a person naturally impacts who you are as a teacher. It also greatly influences how you teach and/or work with children and youth. Through our focus on teacher identity, we are not defining the exact qualities and skills that constitute a teacher. Rather we are trying to identify a broad range of factors that make up teacher identity and influence it. It‘s important to recognize that some teacher identity factors carry more weight than others, depending on the country and context. Understanding the factors, whatever they may be, is key to developing effective and meaningful teacher support.

 

Teacher Identity Framework

Definition

Possible Positive Implications

Possible Negative Implications

Teacher Identity

The personal and cultural characteristics and experiences of teachers.

Remember: Teachers are diverse men and women with varied experiences that brought them to teaching. They have their own priority needs, desires and expectations.

  • Teachers may have a strong desire to learn and develop themselves.

  • Teachers may have been nominated by the community, have a deep understanding of the cultural and socio-economic context and have existing positive relationships and status with parents, children and youth, and community leaders.

  • Teachers may have joined the profession without a strong desire for teaching or promoting the protection and development of children and youth.

  • Teachers often do not have professional identity as a teacher.

Activity:

Review this framework. Consider other possible positive implications for teacher identity issues in your context. Consider other possible negative implications of teacher identity issues as well. Now develop your own context-specific Teacher Identity Framework to use as a tool in program design and development.

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