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Yesterday and Today

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Abstract

WASSERMANN, Johan. Student History teachers' personal theories on teaching: autobiographies and their emerging professional identities. Yesterday Today [online]. 2009, n.4, pp. 77-91. ISSN 2223-0386.

Philosophy of teaching statements are autobiographical reflective statements on teaching and learning. Such statements can therefore be regarded as a window into the professional identities of teachers, and are increasingly called for internationally when promotion and appointments are considered. In this paper the philosophy of teaching statements of final-year History Education student teachers, are used as the units of analysis. Although meaningful themes on their emerging professional identities as prospective History teachers materialised, in the article I argue that their philosophy of teaching statements were burdened by constraints such as a lack of experience and the educational context they found themselves in. In conclusion I contend that although the philosophy of teaching statements provided nothing more than a porthole into the multilayered emerging professional identities of the History student teachers it gave the latter the opportunity to develop a picture of themselves as History teachers.

Keywords : Philosophy of teaching; Professional identities; Teaching autobiographies; History education; Student history teachers; Theories on teaching.

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