Investigating Identity Construction Processes of Pre-Service ELT Teachers in a Turkish Context: A Pilot Study

Proceedings of The 7th International Conference on Research in Teaching and Education

Year: 2023

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Investigating Identity Construction Processes of Pre-Service ELT Teachers in a Turkish Context: A Pilot Study

Cemile Buğra, Asst Prof. Meryem Akçayoğlu

 

ABSTRACT: 

The significance of the teacher identity construction processes in teacher education programmes has recently gained a growing awareness. It is common knowledge that teacher candidates have a long journey of becoming a teacher as they have gone through a number of processes as students and prospective teachers. There are many issues along the way that have an impact on how they develop both personally and professionally, including their experiences as students while in school, the theoretical and practical knowledge they acquired while enrolled in teacher education programmes, and their teaching practices in the field during practicum. However, there is a limited body of research about this issue in Turkish contexts., In light of these considerations, a pilot research was conducted as a pilot study was carried out as part of a PhD thesis to investigate the identity construction processes of pre-service ELT teachers in Türkiye. The participants were chosen from ELT Department at Çukurova University during 2020-2021 academic year. Four pre-service ELT students volunteered to participate in the study. The study was based on a qualitative approach and it was designed as a case study. Various instruments were employed to test reliability and validity An open-ended questionnaire, a semi-structured interview, and a reflective report were used as data collection tools. The gathered data have been analysed, compared and presented based on content analysis procedures.

Keywords: teacher education, language teacher identity, identity construction, pre-service ELT teachers, qualitative research