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Middle and high school science teacher identity considered through the lens of the social identity approach: a systematic review of the literature

Rushton, EAC; Reiss, MJ; (2021) Middle and high school science teacher identity considered through the lens of the social identity approach: a systematic review of the literature. Studies in Science Education , 57 (2) pp. 141-203. 10.1080/03057267.2020.1799621. Green open access

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Abstract

Studies which consider science teacher identity continue to be a focus for education researchers, particularly given the persistent challenges to retain specialist science teachers. The proliferation of research in this area, without a unifying theoretical framework, has meant the literature is diverse, methodologies are varied, and coverage is patchy. This review article considers to what extent and in which ways the social identity approach (SIA) might provide a useful lens through which to consider middle and/or high school science teacher identity. In doing so, we synthesise the findings from 79 empirical and theoretical publications on science teacher identity in middle and/or high school settings, published since 2000. This review highlights the important role that shared identity and group membership play in developing and sustaining positive identities. We argue that the SIA provides education researchers with a greater understanding of how and why some middle and/or high school science teachers are able to form positive professional identities, whilst others are not. This understanding of both the importance of group membership in the social construction of identities and the processes through which memberships form could helpfully inform teacher education and professional development programmes.

Type: Article
Title: Middle and high school science teacher identity considered through the lens of the social identity approach: a systematic review of the literature
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/03057267.2020.1799621
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/03057267.2020.1799621
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher's terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social identity, high/middle school, science teacher, social identity approach
UCL classification: UCL
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 - Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10106651
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