Whether an instructor is at the beginning or the middle of his/her career or not, it is possible that s/he may experience identity tensions or conflicts. The literature abounds with studies concerning pre service or early career teachers’ identity tensions, while there are relatively few studies in the context of in-service teacher education. In this presentation, the findings of a study on experienced EFL instructors’ identity tensions will be reported in order to gain a better insight into what they experienced in their professional lives after starting to work in a new context. In addition, findings regarding the instructors’ coping strategies will be shared. The data for the study were collected through semi-structured interviews and coded thematically using MAXQDA software. The findings of the study have implications for both administrators and teacher trainers in in-service education contexts as they reveal that experienced instructors are not immune to identity tensions, and they may struggle in their career, especially when they are in the process of adapting to a new institution.
ATEE Winter Conference 2023
Citation Formats
D. I. Yaşar and N. Gürbüz, “EXPERIENCED EFL INSTRUCTORS’ IDENTITY TENSIONS AND THEIR COPING STRATEGIES,” presented at the ATEE Winter Conference 2023, Braga, Portekiz, 2023, Accessed: 00, 2023. [Online]. Available: https://hdl.handle.net/11511/107596.