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Who Is the Teacher, as a Person?

Questions for Reflection/Discussion:

As we‘ve discussed, teacher identity includes professional as well as personal elements. Both impact teaching and the work teachers do with children and youth. IRC staff in West and East Africa highlighted the influence of gender, ethnicity and religion on teacher identity. Think about these questions:

  • How do gender, ethnicity and religion impact teacher identity?

  • How might a teacher‘s gender, ethnicity and/or religion affect his or her attitudes toward students who share the same gender, ethnicity and/or religion?

  • How might a teacher‘s gender affect his or her behavior toward students of the opposite gender?

  • What about a teacher‘s attitude toward students of a different ethnicity and/or religion?

  • How do any of these issues impact teaching and learning in your context?