Significant research and ongoing inquiry highlight the importance of understanding and recognizing the development of identities and beliefs among teachers. These studies use techniques of reflection on the past or present to elucidate the developmental process of teacher identities and beliefs and their impact on the profession. The development of teacher identities and beliefs commence during childhood. A dearth of research exists that addresses the emerging developments of teacher identities and beliefs from the perspective of young children. This study uses qualitative methods through focus groups and individual interviews to examine the identities and beliefs held by fifth-grade students who plan to become teachers. Revealing the early developing identities of future teachers provides necessary insight into the emerging curricular needs of teacher education programs.
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BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Cole, Chelsea, "The Emergence of Teacher Self in the Elementary Classroom" (2020). Theses and Dissertations. 8640.
teacher identity, teacher beliefs, vocation, emerging identity, young children, qualitative research, focus group, teacher education