Presentation Title

Impact of Teacher Identity on Curriculum Design

Location

Online - Session 2A

Start Date

4-21-2021 12:10 PM

Major Field of Study

Education

Student Type

Graduate

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

Educators experience an iterative process of identity building that directly impacts the decisions they make about curriculum design because formative and ongoing experiences provide motivation to make specific decisions. Educators' relationship to place can be a significant factor in curriculum design because a teacher's passion for a place has a direct influence on how they approach topics about that place in the classroom. If they themselves are passionate about a place it can influence how they approach topics related to that place in the classroom. This understanding and connection to a place can change over time, and this itself is an important process to teach students. The significance of a physical place for education became clear in the COVID era and caused educators to deeply reflect on their own identity as a teacher as they worked outside of the traditional school system. By removing education from a physical place, and the teacher from a physical proximity to student, both sense of place and sense of self came into question as the systems were disrupted. Teachers also are formed by the influence of the place they are raised in, which establishes lasting identities and beliefs that influence curriculum decisions later in life.

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Apr 21st, 12:10 PM

Impact of Teacher Identity on Curriculum Design

Online - Session 2A

Educators experience an iterative process of identity building that directly impacts the decisions they make about curriculum design because formative and ongoing experiences provide motivation to make specific decisions. Educators' relationship to place can be a significant factor in curriculum design because a teacher's passion for a place has a direct influence on how they approach topics about that place in the classroom. If they themselves are passionate about a place it can influence how they approach topics related to that place in the classroom. This understanding and connection to a place can change over time, and this itself is an important process to teach students. The significance of a physical place for education became clear in the COVID era and caused educators to deeply reflect on their own identity as a teacher as they worked outside of the traditional school system. By removing education from a physical place, and the teacher from a physical proximity to student, both sense of place and sense of self came into question as the systems were disrupted. Teachers also are formed by the influence of the place they are raised in, which establishes lasting identities and beliefs that influence curriculum decisions later in life.