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Being a Teacher – But with a Limited Sense of Professional Identity

Teachers who are untrained, who are inexperienced, who may not even have completed their own education and who have become teachers only as a result of circumstances, may have difficultly in thinking of themselves as teachers. Part of their difficulty in developing a strong sense of teacher identity seems to be that they themselves do not match up to the mental models they have of teachers from their own experience as a student. They know that their own teachers were relatively well educated, were older, had years of experience and may have completed teacher training courses or other advanced training or specialized education. In comparison to their own perceptions of what a teacher is and what sort of experience and knowledge they have, many of the teachers feel inadequate. They may feel that they are only playing the role of a teacher.