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Patient teacher: The complexity of in-betweenness in the teaching profession

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Using theory and analysis, I story my experience of being in-between ill and well as a teacher. First, I employ the work of Turner (1991), Massumi (2002) and Butler (2002) to define in-betweenness. Then I develop a tool for exploring the values of in-betweenness. Finally, I conduct discourse analysis (Fairclough 2003) on a small archive of non-fiction writing on teacher burnout in the Canadian north. I discover three possible values of in-betweenness in educational settings: (1) validation of diversity, (2) support of open dialogue and (3) development of self-reflection.
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Keywords: colonialism; disability; discourse analysis; education; identity; mental illness; teacher burnout

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: April 1, 2019

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