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Sonja Lutovac, How failure shapes teacher identities: Pre-service elementary school and mathematics teachers’ narrated possible selves, Teaching and Teacher Education, Volume 94, 2020, 103120, ISSN 0742-051X,

How failure shapes teacher identities : pre-service elementary school and mathematics teachers’ narrated possible selves

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Author: Lutovac, Sonja1
Organizations: 1Department of Educational Sciences and Teacher Education, Faculty of Education, University of Oulu, P.O. Box 2000, 90014, Finland
Format: article
Version: published version
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Language: English
Published: Elsevier, 2020
Publish Date: 2020-06-08


This study explored pre-service teachers’ possible teacher selves with respect to how they have been shaped by their experiences of math failure. The study contributes to identity research by applying the theory of possible selves and by comparing and contrasting narrated possible teacher selves of pre-service elementary school teachers and pre-service mathematics teachers. Three categories of possible selves were identified: teacher traits and actions, student strategies, and teacher self-development. How possible teacher selves may inform teacher identity development and teacher preparation in the context of teaching mathematics is discussed, as are methodological considerations for examining narrated possible selves.

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Series: Teaching and teacher education. An international journal of research and studies
ISSN: 0742-051X
ISSN-E: 1879-2480
ISSN-L: 0742-051X
Volume: 94
Article number: 103120
DOI: 10.1016/j.tate.2020.103120
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the Academy of Finland [Project ID 307672].
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 307672
Detailed Information: 307672 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2020 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (