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(Re)narrating Teacher Identity

Telling Truths and Becoming Teachers


Edited By Audrey Lensmire and Anna Schick

With surprising candor, the authors of (Re)narrating Teacher Identity: Telling Truths and Becoming Teachers crack open what it means to become and be a teacher in the twenty-first century United States. In an effort to dig deeper into the challenge of teaching, four new teachers engaged in a summer writers workshop. Drawing from the work of Barbara Kamler (2001), the teachers used artifacts such as school graffiti and text messages to "reposition" and (re)narrate their identities as teachers. In braving truth-telling, the authors built a collective well-being. These stories are an important resource for novice teachers, experienced teachers, and teacher educators alike for disrupting dominant teacher narratives and moving towards alternatives.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Names: Lensmire, Audrey, editor. | Schick, Anna, editor. Title: (Re)narrating teacher identity: telling truths and becoming teachers / edited by Audrey Lensmire and Anna Schick. Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2017. Series: Social justice across contexts in education; vol. 6 ISSN 2372-6849 (print) | ISSN 2372-6857 (online) Includes bibliographical references. Identifiers: LCCN 2017003522 (print) | LCCN 2017017130 (ebook) ISBN 978-1-4331-3499-9 (hardcover: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-3498-2 (paperback: alk. paper) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4034-1 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-4035-8 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-4036-5 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: College teaching—Psychological aspects. College teaching—Social aspects. | College teachers—Psychology. | Identity (Psychology)Academic writing—Psychological aspects. | Discrimination in higher education. Classification: LCC LB2331 .R465 2017 (print) | LCC LB2331 (ebook) DDC 378.1/25019—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b10687 Bibliographic information published by Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek. Die Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the “Deutsche Nationalbibliografie”; detailed bibliographic data are available on the Internet at

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