A case study of L2 teachers' possible selves: What motivates them and how they respond to educational reforms, an Indonesian context

Arfiandhani, Puput (2015) A case study of L2 teachers' possible selves: What motivates them and how they respond to educational reforms, an Indonesian context. [Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)]

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Abstract

Abstract

This study investigates the uncharted area of L2 teacher possible selves constructs within

the context of Indonesia. To investigate how these constructs interplay in teachers’

motivational constructs and their responses to educational reforms, teachers’ mental

lives were explored through questionnaire and semi-structured in-depth interview. The

participants of this study were two English teachers at two state schools in Indonesia.

The findings reveal the interplay of what teachers aspire to be (ideal self), what they

consider to be expected of them (ought-to self) and what they fear of becoming (feared

self) permeating through their motivational drives of both staying within the profession

as well as their initial motives when entering it. These motivational constructs include

teachers’ aspirations to motivate students, and their teaching-profession related skills

mastery. Further, this interplay of possible selves within their motivational constructs

also affects the way participants respond to educational changes. The inharmonious

possible selves indicate teachers’ resistance to implementing reforms, while harmonious

possible selves are ingredients for strong motivational drives. Finally, while these

findings are not generalizable, they potentially may shed light on the under-researched

area of L2 teacher possible selves as well as posing significant pedagogical implications

calling for more successful in-service teacher trainings to better implement curriculum

reforms.

Key words: L2 teacher possible selves, ideal self, ought-to self, feared self, educational

reforms, motivation

Item Type: Dissertation (University of Nottingham only)
Depositing User: Gigg, Diane
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2015 13:01
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2016 14:42
URI: http://eprints.nottingham.ac.uk/id/eprint/31045

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