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Crafting the Maker Educator Identity: Examining Teacher Identity Exploration Using Epistemic Networks

Full Paper (Live Presentation) ID: 58824
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    Mark Petrovich
    Drexel School of Education
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    Amanda Barany
    Drexel School of Education
  3. Mamta Shah
    Elsevier, Inc.
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    Aroutis Foster
    Drexel School of Education

Abstract: This work offers insights into three teachers’ processes of exploring and enacting identities as maker educators in an environmental science context. Invent with Environment was a maker-based after school program in an environmental education center where three educators worked with researchers to incorporate maker-based activities into their instruction. Researchers collaborated with the educators to encourage their active self-reflection as a part of identity exploration of maker educator roles. The teachers’ reflective data across three sessions of professional development and instructional sessions were collected and deductively coded for identity constructs defined by the Projective Reflection theoretical framework. Teachers’ patterns of connection-making across facets of the self were visualized using Epistemic Network Analysis, to track and compare trajectories over time. Networks revealed that all educators’ self-conceptualizations changed over time, but towards different facets of the self. The work concludes with implications for supporting teacher identity exploration, particularly as they enact maker education.

Presider: Tugba Boz

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