Teacher professional identity development lecture is November 12

(11-07-2008)

The next Adams State College Faculty Lecture Series continues with Dr. Donna Stout, associate professor of teacher education, speaking on "Teaching Professional Identity Development: Research Study Findings From Rural Southern Colorado" at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in Porter Hall (the science building) room 130.

According to Stout, professional identity development is a complex process, especially in the current global environment. In a Southern Colorado study about professional-identity development, teachers described the identity evolvement process in the beginning years of their profession. The findings that emerged during this study indicate there are initial professional identity phases and professional identity descriptive attributes associated with teachers in the initial years of their teaching practice. These initial professional identity phases are personal, relational, and professional expectations suggesting this phenomenon is an evolving, dynamic process. The descriptive attributes are correlated with the three initial phases, thus providing the contents for an interactive Teacher Professional-Identity Development Nested Model.

All talks are free and the public is invited. Complimentary light refreshments will be offered. For further information on the series of lectures, contact Dr. Robert Astalos, assistant professor of physics, at 719-587-7821, or by email: rjastalos@adams.edu.