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Anniina Kettunen, Erkki T. Lassila, Sonja Lutovac & Minna Uitto (2023) Becoming a safe adult for pupils: emotions as part of first-year student teachers’ narrative identities told with photographs, European Journal of Teacher Education, DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2023.2211730

Becoming a safe adult for pupils : emotions as part of first-year student teachers’ narrative identities told with photographs

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Author: Kettunen, Anniina1; Lassila, Erkki T.2; Lutovac, Sonja1;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Education and Psychology, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
2Graduate School of Human Development and Environment, Kobe University, Kobe, Japan
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Language: English
Published: Informa, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-05-24


This article focuses on first-year student teachers’ emotions as part of their narrative identities. Alongside narrative research, arts-based methods were employed. The research material consists of 36 Finnish student teachers’ autobiographical writings based on their self-chosen photographs. Narrative analysis methods were used. The key aspect in student teachers’ narrative identities was their hope of becoming safe adults as teachers for their future pupils, which were greatly shaped by their memories of care and feeling safe, by being hurt emotionally, and by joy. Via this deepened understanding of the role of emotions in student teachers’ identities, teacher educators can support student teachers to prepare for the complex teachers’ work of today.

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Series: European journal of teacher education
ISSN: 0261-9768
ISSN-E: 1469-5928
ISSN-L: 0261-9768
Issue: Online first
DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2023.2211730
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 516 Educational sciences
Funding: This work was supported by the Finnish Cultural Foundation’s North Ostrobothnia Regional fund, the Academy of Finland [332232] and the Eudaimonia Institute, University of Oulu.
Academy of Finland Grant Number: 332232
Detailed Information: 332232 (Academy of Finland Funding decision)
Copyright information: © 2023 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License ( licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. The terms on which this article has been published allow the posting of the Accepted Manuscript in a repository by the author(s) or with their consent.