|Published online: September 28, 2016||$US5.00|
This study uses a narrative inquiry and an oral history approach to illuminate the unique voices of three experienced Latina teachers within the context of daily classroom practice working with diverse learners. This study examined how teachers’ lived experiences, assumptions, and professional development served as the foundation for developing their professional identities. Individual, semi-structured interviews with follow-up questions by email served as the focal narratives for the study, which also examined personal pedagogy self-studies completed by the participants and informal conversations. Intentionally guided by the concept of shared authority, the participants and researchers co-constructed the stories of the participants, allowing for the teachers to have final control over the story each one told. The three narratives told here suggest that professional identity development is multifaceted, not only socially situated within their classrooms and schools, but also within their families and communities, shaped by the contexts in which we all practice.
|Keywords:||Teacher Identity, Latina Teachers, Narrative Inquiry|
The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning, Volume 23, Issue 4, December 2016, pp.15-31. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: September 28, 2016 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 588.559KB)).
Professor, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Charter College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA
Professor of Reading and Education, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Charter College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles, Sylmar, California, USA
Professor Emeritus, College of Education, California State University, San Marcos, San Marcos, California, USA
Assistant Principal, Graham Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, California, USA
Principal, Myra Lynn Elementary School, Alvord Unified School District, Riverside, California, USA
Principal, West Vernon Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, California, USA