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Navigating a teacher's emotional geographies: A self-study of emotion in my teaching life

Teresa M Abrahams, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


Any teacher would acknowledge that emotion is part of teaching, but how it functions in teaching contexts is not as readily understood. Though much educational research is inclined towards the cognitive and technical aspects of teaching, strands of recent educational research merging with sociology and psychology have begun inquiry into emotion in teachers' professional lives and the implications. Since there is not yet a systematic means of examining emotion in teaching (Hargreaves, 2001) and only inchoate inquiry into how emotions function in teachers' contexts, I have chosen a self-study to examine the sources and manifestations of emotions in my context, hoping the study will lead to ways to help teachers more fully understand the ways emotions are socially formed in their own contexts to help them remain committed to the essential work of teaching. No two teachers will necessarily respond to events in school with the same emotion, but being mindful about their emotions may be one more aspect of teacher knowledge that will help them navigate the complexities of their teaching lives.

Subject Area

Educational psychology

Recommended Citation

Abrahams, Teresa M, "Navigating a teacher's emotional geographies: A self-study of emotion in my teaching life" (2014). ETD collection for University of Nebraska - Lincoln. AAI3642698.