From isolation to individualism: collegiality in the teacher identity narratives of experienced second-level teachers in the Irish context
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Murray, Clíona. (2020). From isolation to individualism: collegiality in the teacher identity narratives of experienced second-level teachers in the Irish context. Irish Educational Studies, 1-17. doi:10.1080/03323315.2020.1739548
Harnessing teacher collegiality has been advocated as a means through which to negotiate contemporary challenges to teacher professionalism. However, the dominance of discourses of competitive individualism in global educational contexts poses a challenge to collegial relationships. This paper draws on the findings of a narrative study of teacher identity in the Irish context. It points to some ambiguities and tensions within the operation of teacher collegiality in that context and highlights the profession s cultural susceptibility to individualism. The paper argues that glossing over these vulnerabilities could hamper the development of collegial professionalism. These findings highlight the importance of bringing a culturally and contextually embedded analysis to the critique of international trends around teacher professionalism.
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