Building teaching identities: Implications for preservice teacher education

Year: 1999

Author: Mayer, Diane

Type of paper: Abstract refereed

This paper reflects critically on continuities and changes in research on learning to teach during the past two decades and the resultant impact on teacher education, and takes up the challenge to reconstruct and revision preservice teacher education for the new millennium. It examines the stories of four preservice teachers as they learn to teach in their primary teacher preparation program. The stories highlight the individualised and contextualised learning journeys of each of these preservice teachers as they deal with the influence of their personal biographies and negotiate the social and political contexts of the preservice teacher education environment. The paper analyses these learning journeys by drawing out issues around the construction of teaching identities, and assesses, through a postmodern lens, implications for preservice teacher education.