A Narrative Inquiry into Three Latina Educators’ Trajectories of Identity Development

By Sharon H. Ulanoff, Joan C. Fingon, Alice Quiocho, Elizabeth Martinez, Tessie Steele and Frances Valadez.

Published by The International Journal of Adult, Community and Professional Learning

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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)).

Dr. Sharon H. Ulanoff

Professor, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Charter College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, USA

Dr. Joan C. Fingon

Professor of Reading and Education, Division of Curriculum and Instruction, Charter College of Education, California State University, Los Angeles, Sylmar, California, USA

Dr. Alice Quiocho

Professor Emeritus, College of Education, California State University, San Marcos, San Marcos, California, USA

Dr. Elizabeth Martinez

Assistant Principal, Graham Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, California, USA

Dr. Tessie Steele

Principal, Myra Lynn Elementary School, Alvord Unified School District, Riverside, California, USA

Dr. Frances Valadez

Principal, West Vernon Avenue Elementary School, Los Angeles Unified School District, Los Angeles, California, USA