Listening to Ngaire: Teacher negotiation of the personal and the institutional in childcare.
Nuttall, Joce. (2006). Listening to Ngaire: Teacher negotiation of the personal and the institutional in childcare. Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice. 12(2), pp. 139 - 150. https://doi.org/10.1080/13450600500467316
One characteristic of long day childcare settings in New Zealand is the opportunity for teachers to continuously observe each other at work. Ngaire's story is an account of one teacher's problematic negotiation of her subjectivity (self-as-teacher) in the context of a wider institutional story drawn from Ngaire's colleagues' observations of her teaching. Through an examination of Ngaire's narrative about her past, present and future self, informed by symbolic interactionist methodological and theoretical concepts, the author challenges Jalongo and lsenberg's claim that sharing teacher narratives provide a 'natural' way for teachers to generate new meanings about practice. Some stories may be too risky to tell and Ngaire's story does not have a happy ending. It is possible to speculate, however, on some of the ways in which teams of teachers might confront such risks, through examining the collective stories they tell about themselves.
|Keywords||Narrative; Teachers' lives; Teaching; Early childhood education|
|Journal||Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice|
|Journal citation||12 (2), pp. 139 - 150|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||https://doi.org/10.1080/13450600500467316|
|Page range||139 - 150|
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|Place of publication||United Kingdom|
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