Examining Incoming Identities in an Alternative Certification Program in Mathematics and Science
Patricia Friedrichsen 1 * , John Lannin 1, Sandra Abell 1, Fran Arbaugh 1, Mark Volkmann 1
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1 University of Missouri – Columbia, USA* Corresponding Author


In response to the shortage of qualified secondary mathematics and science teachers in the United States, alternative certification programs (ACPs) are proliferating. This study used identity as a theoretical lens to examine the incoming identities of 19 participants with post-baccalaureate degrees who entered an ACP. Within this cohort, the participants' incoming teacher identities ranged from "Always a Teacher" to "Late Deciders" to "Career Explorers." Participants held multiple non-teaching identities, some which supported their teacher identities (e.g., parent, tutor) while other identities (e.g., college instructor) created tension. Implications include recommendations for alternative certification program development and further research.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2008, Volume 4, Issue 2, 169-182


Publication date: 22 Apr 2008

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