Teachers' Identities and Life Choices
This book discusses issues related to teachers’ identities and life choices when globalisation and localisation are enmeshed. It examines how competing cultural traditions and contexts acted as resources or/and constraints in framing teachers’ identities and their negotiations in the family and the work domains according to their gender positioning, their roles in the family such as husband, wife, father, mother, brother, sister, son and daughter and roles in the school such as principal, senior teacher or regular teacher. Contrary to an essentialist approach to identity and culture, teachers’ stories show that their identities and life choices were hardly free choices; but were often part and parcel of the culture and contexts in which they were embedded.
Teachers’ identities are found to be fluid, complex, hybrid and multifaceted. Using Hong Kong as a case study, this book provides not only traces of the continuity and changes of Confucian self and cardinal relationships but also a glimpse of how educational reform as neo-capitalist discourses in the workplace interacts with Confucian cultural traditions creating new hybrid practices (problems or possibilities or both) in the school and in the daily lives of teachers.
Offers new insights in both conceptualisation and methodology relating to the study of teachers’ identities, life choices, work and stress Breaks new ground by making available contextually specific Chinese data to the international audience Draws implications for identity, work, work-life balance and gender equity in the field of education for the next generation To understand identities and life choices, this book advocates a third way, a hybrid, 'both-and' rather than 'either-or' approach which involves border crossing and de-learning of stereotypes beyond East and West, new and old, female and male, local and global, home and work, teaching the subject and teaching the whole person, and education for marks and education for learning