Harris’s chapter examines teachers’ professional identity, and how, through the lens of the popular cultural narrative of the British television series Doctor Who, teacher educators can inform and engage student teachers with the complex issues shaping the concept of professionalism. Harris offers examples and insights from Doctor Who that explore notions around identity, reflexivity and ethics and which provide opportunities for critical discussions about teaching and learning. Focusing on change and student teachers’ new roles and responsibilities, the chapter links this to education and the Doctor’s courage, ingenuity and integrity when facing the unknown and unfamiliar. Harris promotes a critical and compassionate professionalism that, inspired and exemplified by a story like Doctor Who, illustrates how teacher educators can use this while educating and empowering others.
|Title of host publication||Professional Education with Fiction Media|
|Subtitle of host publication||Imagination for Engagement and Empathy in Learning|
|Editors||Christine Jarvis, Patricia Gouthro|
|Place of Publication||Cham|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - 11 Sep 2019|
Harris, A. (2019). Shape-shifting and Stories: Professionalism and Education with Doctor Who. In C. Jarvis, & P. Gouthro (Eds.), Professional Education with Fiction Media : Imagination for Engagement and Empathy in Learning (1 ed., pp. 205-228). Cham: Palgrave Macmillan. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-17693-8, https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-17693-8_10