Strictly teacher-researchers? The influence of a professional RE conference on primary RE teachers' agency and self-identities as teacher-researchers

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Abstract

This paper investigates the influence of a professional Religious Education (RE) conference on a small group of English Primary teachers’ emerging identities as teacher-researchers. It is framed by analysis of agency as a means of examining how teachers can become capable producers of knowledge as active partners in dialogue with critical others. The paper argues that attending the conference played a role in increasing teachers’ professional identify and agency because it provided a novel context of action in teachers’ professional lives. Teachers were made aware of a much broader professional community to which they had legitimate membership where knowledge exchange and professional validation was intensified. The conference enabled reflexive thinking that disrupted teachers’ ‘taken for granted’ habits and beliefs by offering new ways of seeing, being and acting, and in which they could forecast teacherresearch as a feasible, relevant and purposeful aspect of their professional lives.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Religious Education
Early online date29 Jan 2021
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 29 Jan 2021

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