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Issues in Educational Research, 2018, Vol 28(4), 849-869
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Pre-service teachers' articulation of their future selves

Susan Blackley, Dawn Bennett and Rachel Sheffield
Curtin University, Australia

Important elements of professional socialisation include a sense of identity or belonging within a professional community and a set of established or expected practices. In the context of pre-service teacher education, opportunities to reflect upon past and current personae and to imagine future possible identities may assist pre-service teachers to maximise their professional socialisation and traverse the threshold from expert student to novice professional. This article reports on findings from the first year of a longitudinal study conducted in a Bachelor of Education Primary degree. Participants were second-year pre-service teachers (N=87). Participant data were collected in Semesters 1 and 2, 2016 using an open-ended survey and interviews conducted prior to and following the first professional experience placement. Participants were invited to draw themselves as a teacher. Following other educational researchers, the study incorporated the drawings as a data source and extended the approach to go beyond inductive coding. This was achieved by incorporating the drawings' captions and triangulating the data with participants' responses to the characteristics of effective teachers and their concerns about the forthcoming professional placement. The drawings were not privileged over the text components; rather, they were examined in tandem.
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Authors: Dr Susan Blackley (corresponding author) is a Senior Lecturer at Curtin University, Western Australia, and is currently the Humanities Director of Student Engagement. Her research areas include professional identity, digital andragogy, and STEM education, and she has taught in initial teacher education programs for a number of years.
Email: susan.blackley@curtin.edu.au
Web: https://staffportal.curtin.edu.au/staff/profile/view/Susan.Blackley

Professor Dawn Bennett is a John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Higher Education with Curtin University, Western Australia. Her research focuses on the development of employability, and in her work as a National Senior Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow, Dawn is operationalising a metacognitive model for employability in Australia, the UK, Europe and the US. Publications appear at Academia.edu.
Email: d.bennett@curtin.edu.au
Web: https://staffportal.curtin.edu.au/staff/profile/view/Dawn.Bennett

Dr Rachel Sheffield is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education, Curtin University, Western Australia, and teaches science education in primary and secondary education courses. Her research focuses on identity and STEM education.
Email: rachel.sheffield@curtin.edu.au
Web: https://staffportal.curtin.edu.au/staff/profile/view/Rachel.Sheffield

Please cite as: Blackley, S., Bennett, D. & Sheffield, R. (2018). Pre-service teachers' articulation of their future selves. Issues in Educational Research, 28(4), 849-869. http://www.iier.org.au/iier28/blackley2.pdf

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