Title page for ETD etd-11192004-123516


Type of Document Dissertation
Author Galyean, Teresa Ann
URN etd-11192004-123516
Title Pre-Collegiates Students' Teaching Identities
Degree PhD
Department Teaching and Learning
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Burge, Penny L. Committee Co-Chair
Magliaro, Susan G. Committee Co-Chair
Abraham, Jane L. Committee Member
Doolittle, Peter E. Committee Member
Samani, Tresia Committee Member
Keywords
  • teaching identity
  • pre-collegiate students
  • prior beliefs
Date of Defense 2004-11-17
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
Pre-Collegiate Students' Teaching Identities

by

Teresa A. Galyean

Co-Chair: Dr. Susan Magliaro

Director of School of Education

Director of Center for Teacher Education

Co-Chair: Dr. Penny Burge

Professor, Educational Studies and Leadership

(Abstract)

A review of the research indicates that identifying self as a teacher can be a life-long, complex personal and social process. This researcher investigated 4 pre-collegiate students' construction of a teaching identity during their participation in an introduction to teaching course conducted in a rural high school located in a southeastern state. Two purposes framed this investigation, 1) to gain an in-depth understanding of the pre-collegiate students' past and present experiences related to teaching and the meanings the students make of these experiences, and 2) to examine these experiences as connected to construction of personal teaching identities. Using a life history methodology, data sources included 3 interviews, drawings of self as a teacher, journal writings, and personal experience writings. The findings are presented in 4 narratives one for each participant. Each narrative, represented by an exemplar quote, (i.e., Being There, Being a Kid, Right Heart, Being A Helper) illuminates the nature of the participants' teaching prototype, which emerged from past and present educational experiences. Results indicate that the participants possessed well-defined beliefs pertaining to caring teachers and to teaching as a profession, in addition, to commonly held cultural teaching beliefs. These beliefs guided their course experiences and self-assessment of a teaching identity. Although the identification to a teaching identity varied among the 4 participants, results indicate that 1 participant was actively constructing a storied teaching identity. A storied teaching identity involved a significant nuclear episode with a teacher that became the bound context for a teaching story. This type of high school level career studies course can assist in strengthening the recruitment pool of teacher education candidates and assist in testing a vocational teaching identity. Implications are offered for future research involving pre-collegiate students enrolled in an introduction to teaching course and investigation of storied teaching identities.

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