1st Edition

The Development of Professional Identity in Higher Education Continuing and Advancing Professionalism

Edited By Myint Swe Khine, Abdulghani Muthanna Copyright 2024
    242 Pages 9 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    In this book, first-hand accounts from academics and practitioners explore the concept of "professional identity development" in the context of higher education and provide guidance to develop and enhance professionalism.

    The Development of Professional Identity in Higher Education presents a new understanding of identity development. Highlighting the importance of building positive identities in the development of a professional career, it argues for a reframing of the way academics think of themselves, suggesting the role of "practitioner" as one in which there is a continuous need to develop their professionalism as it connects to their daily practices and different identities. With contributions from a range of international authors, it demonstrates how professional development can change our beliefs and perceptions of the profession itself, whether it be through on-the-job instruction aimed at making teachers/researchers better, or through "self-learning" whereby teachers and researchers learn to develop and enhance their teaching and research competency through daily activities and self-analysis.

    This book will be of great interest to researchers and graduate and postgraduate students in teacher education and professional development.

    Part 1: Introduction

    1. Teaching as a profession and professional identity development

    Abdulghani Muthanna and Myint Swe Khine

    Part 2: Approaches to Professional Identity Development

    2. Development of teacher professional identity through problem-based learning programmes

    Insuk Han

    3. Pre-service teachers’ emotions, challenges, and professional identity development during the practicum: A case study in Turkey

    Fatma Tokoz Goktepe and Gürcan Demiroğları

    4. How the professional identity of teaching and research staff is formed at the Spanish university

    Fulgencio Sánchez Vera, Anastasia Téllez Infantes, Javier Eloy Martínez Guirao and Fina Antón Hurtado

    5. At war with ourselves: Academic professional identity development in the aftermath of U.S. Military Service

    Michael J. Kirchner and Angela Minichiello

    6. ‘I am not a good teacher’: Unpacking an early-career teacher’s emotions and professional identity development during disorienting times

    A. Beyza Sahin, Sehnaz Sahinkarakas and Fatma Tokoz Goktepe

    7. Beyond home and host country: Professional development among exiled dissidents

    Christian Franklin Svensson

    8. Impact of external agencies on the development of professional identity among professionals working at Spanish universities

    Corral-Granados Anabela, López Liria, Remediosc and Eli Smeplassb

    Part 3: Reflections on Professional Identity Development

    9. Forming a strong professional identity in teaching and research through concrete action pathways: swallowing the bitter pill and moving on

    C. Marissa Wettasinghe

    10. Beyond borders, languages, and disciplines: Navigating the pathways of professional development

    Mohammed Almahfali

    11. Dance into difference: Spaces, places, and the in-between of academic identities

    Rose Martin

    12. The role of teacher beliefs and classroom interactions on language teacher professional identity in Egypt

    Sierranicole Butler

    13. The key factors for shaping and developing professional identity in higher education

    Saba Mansoor Qadhi, Aisha Alahmadi, Rasha Husam Aldean Mosleh and Reham Abo Jalalah

    14. Academic professionalism: Meanings and self-reflections on how to continue to advance academic professionalism in higher education

    Abdulghani Muthanna


    Myint Swe Khine holds a Master's degree from the University of Southern California, USA, and the University of Surrey, UK, as well as a Doctor of Education from Curtin University, Australia. He has worked at the National Institute of Education at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and was a Professor at Emirates College for Advanced Education in the United Arab Emirates. He has edited several books, and the recent volume New Directions in Rhizomatic Learning: From Poststructural Thinking to Nomadic Pedagogy was published by Routledge in 2023.

    Abdulghani Muthanna is an Associate Professor at the Department of Teacher Education, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Norway. With interdisciplinary expertise in the development and reform of comparative and international (teacher) education in international contexts, his research interests include education policy, research ethics and integrity, research supervision, and academic professionalism. He is also the leader of "TEDUPO: Teacher and Educator Professionalism: https://www.ntnu.edu/ilu/tedupo" research group at NTNU.