Teacher educators’ collective professional agency and identity – Transforming marginality to strength

Päivi Hökkä, Katja Vähäsantanen, Salme Mahlakaarto

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This study investigated teacher educators’ collective professional agency and identity within an identity coaching programme. The participants in the programme were teacher educators from the field of arts and crafts education. Through a shared process involving increased trust and togetherness, the teacher educators became empowered in terms of their collective identity and agency. The study points to the importance of addressing individual narratives and learning pathways in seeking to understand emergent collective agency and identity in professional contexts. Our theoretical contribution includes an advanced understanding of collective identity and agency, and of their close relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-46
Number of pages11
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017
Externally publishedYes
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed


  • Arts and crafts education
  • Collective agency
  • Collective identity
  • Teacher education

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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