n South African Journal of Education - A teacher's identity trajectory within a context of change
|Article Title||A teacher's identity trajectory within a context of change|
|© Publisher:||Education Association of South Africa (EASA)|
|Journal||South African Journal of Education|
|Affiliations||1 Stellenbosch University and 2 Stellenbosch University|
|Publication Date||Feb 2015|
|Pages||1 - 8|
|Keyword(s)||Agency, CHAT, Disadvantaged context, Emerging economy, Identity trajectory, Practical activity, Primary school, Teacher and Transformation|
ISI Social Science
This article examines the effects of political, socio-economic and educational change on a South African teacher's identity trajectory. Our research was conducted at a primary school in a historically disadvantaged community in the Western Cape Province, South Africa. We applied a cultural-historical activity theoretical (CHAT) lens to explore the identity trajectory of one of the teachers. Our findings suggest that a teacher's identity is a social product, drawn from social history, actively internalized and re-authored in response to new circumstances. This was especially evident during the transformation at the macro-political, educational and institutional levels in South Africa since 1994.
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