"You can't just leave your group!" Challenged development of professional identity in teacher education.


  • Anne-Mette Nortvig University College Absalon


case study, professional identity, symbolic interachtionism, teacher education


This article investigates the challenges that may be faced in teacher education and experienced by a young student teacher—the development of a professional identity. Learning activities in teacher education are often based on groupwork, and although discussions and reflections in groups may unfold well and contribute to learning outcomes, developing an individual professional identity can be challenged by the interests of the group. Building on classroom observations and narratives from a case-based in-depth student interview, the article finds that development of professional identity may be experienced as a difficult but potentially successful liberation process from fellow students and groupwork, and that many factors influence the process.