The impact on teacher identity of international connections

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Paper presented within the symposium: 'Changing teacher professionality through support for teacher leadership in Europe and beyond' at ECER 2014. This paper is linked to a doctoral study focussing on the impact of international networking and knowledge exchange on the professional identity of teachers. The perspective is shaped by the author’s experience of teacher union activity and involvement in international networking related to work for the British Council and the International Teacher Leadership initiative as well as on a twenty year career as a teacher. This paper involves analysis of data drawn from interviews with three teachers from Britain who have been involved in working with fellow teachers from other nations largely teachers from the Balkans. It explores the extent to which these teachers share a common professional identity with teachers from other nations and also whether this therefore constitutes a professional community. The paper includes a consideration of the implications for international networks and international teacher exchange programmes. It is also envisaged that the paper will support a discussion about ways in which the cultivation of international links may contribute to the global 'Education for All' campaign.


ConferenceEuropean Conference on Educational Research (ECER) 2014: The Past, the Present and Future of Educational Research in Europe
Period1/09/14 → …
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  • Professional identity
  • international
  • network
  • networking
  • international networking
  • community
  • community of practice
  • communities of practice
  • professional community
  • teacher education
  • teacher development


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