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dc.contributor.authorLiu, Xu
dc.contributor.authorMearns, Tessa
dc.contributor.authorAdmiraal, Wilfried
dc.identifier.citationAsia Pacific Journal of Education. 2024, online first .en_US
dc.description.abstractThis qualitative exploratory study addresses how Chinese as a foreign language (CFL) teachers perceive their identity in an intercultural context in the Netherlands. In this study with twenty-one native Chinese-speaking language teachers, empirical data was collected through semi-structured interviews. Foucault’s poststructuralist view of identity is employed to conceptualize teachers’ identity. The findings show teachers’ perceptions of their identity are shaped by their cultural and educational background, as well as their teaching experiences in an intercultural context. CFL teachers’ professional identity adapts during the process of interacting with students from another cultural background. Although CFL teachers sometimes struggle during this process of transformation, they generally showed willingness to adjust. The findings indicated that even if teachers’ identity reconstruction is inevitable in the cross-cultural setting, most CFL teachers hold onto their primary Chinese identity. Implications for teacher professional development and teaching Chinese in intercultural settings are discussed, for instance, the need for pedagogical courses that fit the Dutch educational context and consider the Chinese language’s specific features, and for the creation of a collaborative CFL teaching community.en_US
dc.rightsAttribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internasjonal*
dc.title"For me, it is important to maintain self while adapting". Understanding Chinese foreign language teachers' identity in an Intercultural contexten_US
dc.typePeer revieweden_US
dc.typeJournal articleen_US
dc.source.journalAsia Pacific Journal of Educationen_US
dc.source.volumeonline firsten_US

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