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Becoming Teachers: Examining How Preservice Elementary Teachers Use Language To Construct Professional Identities, Learn Within Relationships, And Take Risks In The Classroom, Anne Swenson Ticknor
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This longitudinal qualitative study examined how four preservice elementary teachers used language to construct professional identities, learn within relationships, and take risks in the classroom during their final three semesters in teacher education coursework and field experiences. My female participants were former students of mine in the same section of Methods of Elementary School Reading and Language Arts. We developed rapport and established relationships with each other that revolved around our class experiences, including many critical discussions about teachers, teaching, and literacy. I employed feminist methods to maintain our established relationships by participating in conversations, meeting with small groups of ...