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Mapping Professional Identities of Dance Teachers across Time, Space and Practice: towards a model of professional identity formation

Groves, Michelle Marie; (2019) Mapping Professional Identities of Dance Teachers across Time, Space and Practice: towards a model of professional identity formation. Doctoral thesis (Ed.D), UCL (University College London). Green open access

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Abstract

This investigation explores ways in which dance teachers perceive and articulate their professional identities. The product of this exploration is a model of professional identities of dance teachers which will serve as a framework through which dance teachers and educators of dance teachers can engage in discursive dialogues about what it means to be a dance teacher. To date, no such model is in existence. This investigation proposes that such a model would support initial and on-going professional development, with a view of empowering dance teachers to operate in increasingly diverse dance teaching landscapes. In adopting an interpretive stance, 12 dance teachers from three different dance contexts across six different dance genres were interviewed. Semi-structured interview questions were framed by aspects of time, space and practice as a means of identifying different trajectories of professional identity formation. Analysis of the interviews resulted in the identification of four dance teacher professional identity types: Passive Idealist, Passive Materialist, Active Idealist and Active Materialist. The combination of different professional identity types enabled professional identity profiles for each participant to be created. The investigation concludes that the model of professional identities of dance teachers emanating from this investigation may also be useful for others wishing to explore and/or research professional identity formation in other fields of professional training/education.

Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Qualification: Ed.D
Title: Mapping Professional Identities of Dance Teachers across Time, Space and Practice: towards a model of professional identity formation
Event: UCL (University College London)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © The Author 2019. Original content in this thesis is licensed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) Licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/). Any third-party copyright material present remains the property of its respective owner(s) and is licensed under its existing terms.
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10075328
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