From Superteacher to a Super Teacher: The Career Development of Teacher Educators

  • Merav Asaf Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
  • Rakefet Shachar Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
  • Vered Tohar Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
  • Anat Kainan Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
Keywords: teacher education, teacher careers, teacher professional development, narrative analysis, structural analysis, Roland Barthes

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to portray and understand the course of teacher educators' careers. To this end, narratives were collected from 11 teachers relating to three periods of their professional lives. The narratives were analyzed using BARTHES' multidimensional method for literary analysis. Findings show that the teachers underwent changes in their perception of themselves, of their role, and of the students, and that they are involved in educational activity and renewal despite being in a late stage of their careers. The explanations for this phenomenon are rooted in the work environment as well as in the teachers' personal traits and biographies, which include changes and success. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0803192

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Author Biographies

Merav Asaf, Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
Merav ASAF, MA., is a lecturer and researcher at Kaye College of Education. Her research interests are in writing in computerized environments and in teacher education.
Rakefet Shachar, Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
Rakefet SHACHAR, MA., is a lecturer and researcher at Kaye College of Education. Her research interests are in adult education, informal education and teacher education.
Vered Tohar, Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
Vered TOHAR, PhD., is the Head of the Literature Department at Kaye College of Education. Her research interests are in narrative analysis and in thematology.
Anat Kainan, Kaye College of Education Beer Sheva
Anat KAINAN, Prof., is the Head of the Education Department at Kaye College of Education. Her research interests are in teacher education and text analysis.
Published
2008-08-26
Section
Single Contributions