International teacher education programme as a narrative space for teacher identity reconstruction

Satia Zen, Eero Ropo, Päivi Kupila

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The paper investigates the processes related to professional identity reconstruction in the context of an International Teacher Education Programme (ITP). It focuses on how participating Indonesian teachers in a Finnish master's degree programme described their experiences and what kind of positioning processes found in the participants' narratives. Findings suggest that participants constructed ‘Birland’, as a narrative space representing ITP that includes Indonesian and Finnish education. Constructed narratively, this space offers novel options for repositioning as teachers. This supports the theoretical assumption that professional identity reconstruction is mediated by the subjective construction of narrative spaces which enable identity repositioning and knowledge acquisition.
Original languageEnglish
Article number103527
Early online date14 Oct 2021
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jan 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • teacher identity
  • international teacher programme
  • positioning theory
  • narrative space
  • narrative identity

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  • Publication forum level 3


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