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Paths to Teacher Professional Development: Teacher Identity Development and Research Literacy

The Dortmunder Center for Teacher Education and Educational Research (DoKoLL) will offer a symposium for school teachers, teacher educators, future teachers and scholars on the topics of teacher identity and research literacy. The symposium will feature lectures and workshops by Professor Joanna Garner (Old Dominion University - USA), Professor Emma Marsden (University of York – UK), and Professor Kenan Dikilitaş (University of Stavanger – Norway). The language of the symposium will be English. The event is free, but registration is required.

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In a rapidly changing world, teachers need to develop a skill set that allows them, not only to understand how these changes affect teaching and learning, but also how they can adapt their professional repertoire to successfully cope with these rapid transformations.

In this context, identity work presents a number of opportunities. On one hand, it is a pedagogical tool that teachers can use in their classrooms to help students become more cognizant of, and agentive regarding, their own learning processes. On the other hand, examining their own role identities allows teachers to understand their own professional trajectories, question their beliefs and practices, renew their aspirations and purposes, and establish goals and paths for their own professional development that are aligned with who they are and who they want to be.

Attendees of this symposium will develop the intellectual tools to reflect on their personal and professional development from an identity perspective, likewise deepening their ability to engage in different forms of teacher research. The language of the symposium will be English; the target audience includes teachers and pre-service teachers from all school forms and subject areas, teacher educators, mentors as well as educational researchers.

Date: March 7th, 2024 – From 9:00 to 12:45

Venue: TU Dortmund – IBZ (Emil-Figge-Str. 59)




9:00 Welcome and Introduction
Raúl García, Researcher, Dortmunder Competence Center for Teacher Education and Education Research (DoKoLL)
9:15 Keynote
Understanding the Complexities of Teachers’ Professional Identity Development and Change
Professor Joanna Garner
10:15 Coffee Break
10:45 -
Workshop 1
Dilemmas, Insights, and
Decisions: Understanding and Designing Your Own and
Others’ Professional Growth

Prof. Joanna Garner
(Old Dominion University - USA)

Workshop 2
Using OASIS as a Resource at Research-practice Interfaces

Prof. Emma Marsden
(University of York – UK)         

Workshop 3
Exploring Diverse Designs of Teacher Research:
Definitions, Processes, Impacts, and Insights

Prof. Kenan Dikilitaş
(University of Stavanger – Norway)
12:20 -
Final Words, Light Lunch and Networking
Room: IBZ - Main Hall

The free event will close with a light lunch and an opportunity for informal networking.