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Developing Professional Identity: From Methods to Messages

Howard, Colin and Kington, Alison and McKerr, Linzi and Messenger, Wendy (2013) Developing Professional Identity: From Methods to Messages. In: Research Focus 2013 - People, Policy and Practice, 23rd October 2013, University of Worcester, UK. (Unpublished)

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This presentation focuses upon the ways in which the interactions between practitioners’ professional work and lives, and the extent to which they are able to manage changes in these can affect their sense of professional identity. Drawing on examples from four related research projects, we will discuss the influencing and mediating factors which interact positively and/or negatively on identity at different career stages. We also aim to illustrate, through two key themes, how identity is an important determinant in influencing practitioners’ work/life balance, well-being and effectiveness. Theme one focuses on the evolution of professional identity – for example, we found that a dichotomy of thinking in relation to identity and status frequently led to an ‘identity struggle’ and the evolution into a new kind of practitioner in order to overcome this struggle and work effectively within a particular context. Theme two examines the ways in which professional identity is associated with other concepts – for example, commitment, job satisfaction, career phase, environment and culture. Finally, we will relate the combined findings of these projects to policy, showing how research has had an impact on shaping changes relating to practitioner development, effectiveness and school improvement.

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Uncontrolled Keywords: sense of professional identity, practitioner development, effectiveness, school improvement
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
L Education > L Education (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1501 Primary Education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1603 Secondary Education. High schools
Divisions: Academic Departments > Institute of Education
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Depositing User: Alison Kington
Date Deposited: 03 Mar 2017 12:04
Last Modified: 13 Mar 2017 09:53
URI: https://eprints.worc.ac.uk/id/eprint/5389

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