Exploring Teachers’ Bản Sắc (Identity) in a Collective Society in the Context of Postcolonial Education Reform (78363)

Session Information: Education & Society
Session Chair: Ma. Josephine Therese Emily Teves

Thursday, 28 March 2024 15:50
Session: Session 4
Room: Room 707
Presentation Type: Oral Presentation

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In 2012, the Vietnamese government issued education reform policies with an emphasis on international integration and global standards. Since 2018, the country has witnessed a rapid growth of international schools by 70% (ISC, 2023) and a division in the education landscape with two parallel sectors - public schools and international schools. Post-colonial theorists have referred to this situation as the new wave of imperialism (Nguyen and Nguyen, 2017; Tanu, 2017). This comparative study aims to explore how Vietnamese teachers in each sector perceive their bản sắc (identity) in such a context by using qualitative methods including semi-structured interviews, focused group discussion, and observation. These questions guide the research:
- How do Vietnamese teachers perceive their bản sắc in the classroom, the school, the education community, and the macro society?
- How does postcolonial education reform influence the formation of teachers’ bản sắc?
This paper focuses on the conceptualisation of teachers’ bản sắc and its application to the interview data analysis. By focusing on the “self” in collective cultures and critically incorporating socio-constructivist theories of identity (i.e., Wenger, 1998; Erikson, 1980), I conceptualise teachers’ bản sắc as: a dynamic ongoing process and a socially constructed phenomenon of who they are as shaped and reshaped by the social interactions within the social contexts when playing the teacher role in Vietnamese society. Bản sắc is conceptualised in three intertwined domains: temporal, social, and spatial. This conceptual framework is utilised to analyse interview data from 7 international school teachers and 7 public school teachers.

Thao (Jessie) Du, Maynooth University, Ireland

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Thao (Jessie) Du is a University Doctoral Student at Maynooth University in Ireland

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