Essential Issues in Developing a Professional Identity as a Teacher

  • Paulien C. MeijerEmail author
Part of the New Frontiers of Educational Research book series (NFER)


This chapter is about the development of teachers. In this chapter, I will be paying special attention to those processes that cannot be characterized as showing “steady” or even “straightforward” development and thus processes that are less predictable than usual; processes that frequently fluctuate (i.e., go up and down); and processes that sometimes even stagnate or decline—only to show later, rapid growth. I will be dealing with processes that are always reported in hindsight by teachers to have had a major impact on them. I will introduce forms of development that are best understood from the perspective of the development of a professional identity. And in doing this, I will consider two processes that are known to play a role in such development, namely identification and separation. Within this context, I will further consider a number of elements that can play a role in identify development, including: the environment, the occurrence of crisis, and the presence of resistance. In closing, I will consider a number of implications for the training of teachers and for future research.


Student Teacher Teacher Training Professional Identity Identity Development Experienced Teacher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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