Professional identity and pedagogical space : negotiating difference in teacher workplaces

Kostogriz, Alex and Peeler, Eleanor 2007, Professional identity and pedagogical space : negotiating difference in teacher workplaces, Teaching education, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 107-122.

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Title Professional identity and pedagogical space : negotiating difference in teacher workplaces
Author(s) Kostogriz, Alex
Peeler, Eleanor
Journal name Teaching education
Volume number 18
Issue number 2
Start page 107
End page 122
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Abingdon, England
Publication date 2007-06
ISSN 1047-6210
Summary This paper explores "spatial struggle" in the formation of professional identities of overseas-born teachers. The basis of this struggle arises from a limited number of subject positions available for them in pedagogical spaces of the Australian system of education. We argue that relations of power/professional knowledge in teacher workplaces as well as the binary strategy of "us" and "them" generate marginal locations for overseas-born teachers within schools. This construction of marginality is informed not only by discourses of what counts as being a professional but also by the conception of workplace as a monocultural, pre-given and bounded entity. By rethinking workplaces as relational, as locations that are connected to other socioculturally produced places through spaces of semiotic flows, we can also rethink the professional becoming of overseas-born teachers. This involves a critical understanding of their situationality, which can be conceptualised as a struggle for professional recognition, voice and place within the real and imagined communities of teachers.
Language eng
Field of Research 130313 Teacher Education and Professional Development of Educators
Socio Economic Objective 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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