The SAGE Handbook of Gender and Education brings together leading scholars on gender and education to provide an up-to-date and broad-ranging guide to the field. It is a comprehensive overview of different theoretical positions on equity issues in schools. The contributions cover all sectors of education from early years to higher education; curriculum subjects; methodological and theoretical perspectives; and gender identities in education. Each chapter reviews, synthesises, and provides a critical interrogation of key contemporary themes in education. This approach ensures that the book will be an indispensable source of reference for a wide range of readers: students, academics and practitioners.
Chapter 33: Constructing Teaching Identities
Constructing Teaching Identities
Introduction: Images of Teachers and Teaching
In a class, I teach the topic Teachers’ Lives and Work, and show film clips of teachers in popular American movies from the past 10 or 15 years. In one of the movies, Mr Holland's Opus, the teacher is an aspiring composer who is forced to teach to support his family. He resents the work, yet he moves from being bitter and uncaring to being an icon in the school. He is beloved as the person who engages all students, including the most unlikely, in music. Like many other male movie teachers, Mr. Holland is a hero, in part just because he is a male teacher (Biklen, 1995; Ayers, 2001).
We also discuss Miss Honey, one ...