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What is Possible Selves

Handbook of Research on Language Teacher Identity
Theory building on the discrepancy between an individual's current representations of self and the selves one might become.
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Possible Czech Teacher Selves: Teaching Czech as a Second Language in Primary Schools
Silvie Převrátilová (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic), Kateřina Šormová (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic), and Tomáš Treichel (Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic)
Copyright: © 2023 |Pages: 15
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-6684-7275-0.ch010
Due to increasing numbers of pupils with a mother tongue different from Czech, teachers of the Czech language are facing unprecedented challenges. This chapter opens the discussion on Czech language teacher identity through the theory of possible selves. First, the chapter introduces the possible teacher selves theory in language teacher research. Next, it describes the situation of teachers and pupils with a different mother tongue (DMT) in the current Czech educational system. Data from a small-scale empirical study on four participants of Czech as a second language teacher development course demonstrate the Czech language teacher possible selves. Two sets of interviews were taken to explore the ideal, ought-to, and feared language teacher selves. Finally, factors underlying potential fluctuations in motivation are discussed.
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A motivational component referred to as “possible selves” has been designed and researched that builds this explicit component into literacy instruction ( Hock, Deshler, Schumaker, 2011 ; Markus & Nurius, 1986 ; Young, 2011 AU73: The in-text citation "Young, 2011" is not in the reference list. Please correct the citation, add the reference to the list, or delete the citation. ). This motivational theory is incorporated into the treatment design based on firsthand experience of its efficacy where this researcher took part in a study by Hock and his research team in South Florida in 2007 and 2008.
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Code: A Tool to Repair Gender Gap in Digital Age
It is the self-perception of an individual about what his or her might become, what she or he would like to become and what he or she is afraid of becoming so that the individual changes her or his behaviors.
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