FACTORS CONTRIBUTING TO THE CONSTRUCTION OF EFL TEACHERS’ PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY: A CASE STUDY OF EFL INITIAL TEACHERS AT UNRWA UNIVERSITY IN JORDAN
Constructing a teacher's identity is a complex and dynamic process in which teachers experience struggles and changes because of various factors and forces in their professional life. This study explores the factors influencing EFL teachers' professional identity construction at UNRWA University in Jordan. To achieve this aim, a qualitative case study was conducted. Data gathered through collective classroom observation and in-depth semi-structured interviews with six Palestinian and Jordanian FESA teachers were then analysed and discussed. The findings revealed that the construction of EFL teachers' identity is a complex process of various interacting factors that range from the most influentially socio-educational determining factors to self-making and personal internalising modifying factors. The findings of this research are expected to be undertaken as pedagogically recommended counsel for enhancing the educational process and EFL teachers' professionalism.
EFL teacher professional identity construction, UNRWA University