Exploring teacher agency and identity through the Tree of Life approach

Watch a recording of this webinar with Maria Grazia Imperiale 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.

Download and read the report 'Exploring teacher identity and agency through the Tree of Life approach' and watch a short video about the report

Recorded on 17 December 2021

Watch a recording of the webinar below

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.


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Submitted by Robert P. Meneses on Mon, 02/07/2022 - 04:30

Greetings, everyone.

First of all, thank you for the opportunity. Now, to take part in this webinar as I sit comfortably at home. 


Submitted by BAKHITOGREBA on Thu, 12/16/2021 - 11:17

I would have loved to take part in this upcoming webinar, however, time does not allow since I'm using public Wi-Fi and for insecurity purpose here in the Kakuma Refugee Camp, Kenya, may be restricted, I wish it were started with a range descending from 8:00 morning hours to 4:00 evening hours.

Submitted by Cath McLellan on Thu, 12/16/2021 - 15:49

In reply to by BAKHITOGREBA

Hello Bakhitogreba

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