A discourse analysis of trainee teacher identity in online discussion forums

IRWIN, B. and HRAMIAK, A. (2010). A discourse analysis of trainee teacher identity in online discussion forums. Technology, pedagogy and education, 19 (3), 361-377.

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Abstract

Teacher education involves an identity transformation for trainees from being a student to being a teacher. This discourse analysis examined the online discussion board communications of a cohort of trainee teachers to better understand the situated identities of the trainees and how they were presented online. Their discussion board posts were the primary method of communication during placement periods and, as such, provided insight into how the trainees situated their identities in terms of being a student or being a teacher. During the analysis, the community boundaries, language and culture were explored along with the tutor's power and role in the identity transformation process. This involved looking at the lexis used by the students, the use of pronouns to refer to themselves and others such as teachers and pupils, the types of messages allowed in the community and the effect of the tutor's messages on their communication. The research found that the trainees felt comfortable with teaching but did not feel like teachers during the course. Tutors and school teachers need to develop an awareness of the dual nature of trainees' identities and help promote the transition from student to teacher. In the beginning of the course, trainees should be familiarised with teacher vocabulary and practical concepts in addition to pedagogical theory. Towards the end of the course, trainee identity as teachers could be promoted through the use of authentic assessments that mirror real teacher tasks and requirements.

Item Type: Article
Research Institute, Centre or Group: Quality Enhancement and Student Success
Identification Number: 10.1080/1475939X.2010.513767
Depositing User: Brian Irwin
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2010 16:00
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2012 00:18
URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/2511

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