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Resilience and loss in work identities: a narrative analysis of some retired teachers' work-life histories

Kirk, John and Wall, Christine (2010) Resilience and loss in work identities: a narrative analysis of some retired teachers' work-life histories. British Educational Research Journal, 36 (4). pp. 627-641. ISSN 0141-1926

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01411920903018216

Abstract

The article examines the importance of 'emotional labour' in the constitution of the 'teacherly-self'. Deriving from a research project on work and social identity, the article explores the ways teachers have negotiated the radical changes in the profession in recent years, and uses the notion of 'teacher resilience' to explore the ways teachers have reacted to the effects of neo-liberal reforms to education; reforms that have powerfully impacted on the more child-centred ways of working in the classroom and school environment. Using narrative analysis of the work-life histories of these retired teachers, recorded using oral history methodology, the authors examine structures of feeling that turn on notions of emotional labour and commitment, resilience and loss in relation to the occupational identity of teachers.

Item Type:Article
Research Community:University of Westminster > Architecture and the Built Environment, School of
ID Code:7831
Deposited On:22 Apr 2010 14:56
Last Modified:11 Jun 2013 14:14

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