Shifting roles, shifting contexts, maintaining identity

Renée Tipton Clift

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This self-study describes the ways in which a move to a different state, university, and academic role has shaped my sense of self as a scholar, teacher educator, and college administrator. I draw from role theory and from conceptions of habitus and field to provide a conceptual lens for interpreting the data and my experiences. I then address two related issues that affect my identity on a daily basis: the ways in which my prior practice is influencing my current practice and the professional costs and benefits of moving to a new state and a new institution late in one's career.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)159-170
Number of pages12
JournalStudying Teacher Education
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2011


  • Habitus
  • Role theory
  • Shifting roles
  • Teacher education administration

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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