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Exploring teacher agency and identity through the Tree of Life approach
About the webinar
"You know why I registered for this programme? Because there were no lesson plans, no formal things to do. It was different."
Exploring teacher identity and agency through the Tree of Life approach
Teachers need to be recognised as experts within the ELT sector. They often feel not valued enough, and this has an impact on their motivation and, consequently, on their performance. In this webinar we explore teacher identity and agency by looking at teachers’ values, capabilities and aspirations. We present the findings from a participatory research project conducted with ten early career English teachers from Armenia, Brazil, Morocco, Nigeria and Palestine. We adopted the Tree of Life approach to explore teachers’ roots, their strengths and their future aspirations. We argue for strengthening teacher identity and agency within professional development programmes, and for a stronger recognition of teachers’ expertise within the ELT sector.
Research participants will share their own perspectives during the webinar.
Recorded on 17 December 2021
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About the speaker
Dr Maria Grazia Imperiale is a Lecturer in Adult Education at the University of Glasgow, Scotland. Her interests are in language and intercultural education especially in challenging contexts. She has worked with refugees and asylum seekers in different contexts, especially in the Middle East and Europe.