White Rose University Consortium logo
University of Leeds logo University of Sheffield logo York University logo

How are Educational Psychologists' Professional Identities Shaped by the Available Discourses?

Waters, HT (2014) How are Educational Psychologists' Professional Identities Shaped by the Available Discourses? DEdCPsy thesis, University of Sheffield.

[img]
Preview
Text (Accepted version)
FINAL H Waters Thesis to upload to Whiterose 22nd January 2015.pdf
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales.

Download (1822Kb) | Preview
[img]
Preview
Text (Supplemental Material Restricted to Repository staff only )
Transcripts 22nd Jan 2015 PDF.pdf
Available under License Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 2.0 UK: England & Wales.

Download (1166Kb) | Preview

Abstract

This research explores how educational psychologists' (EPs) professional identities are communicated and constructed through discourses. As such, discourses at both a macro and micro level, including texts and talk are of interest. Discourse analysis drawing on a critical framework was used in an attempt to illuminate tensions amongst discourses, which shape EPs' professional identities. The analysis grapples with how the wider discourses made available to EPs resist or affirm those at an individual level. Interviews were carried out to explore how EPs' professional identities are communicated through their talk about professional practice experiences. Furthermore, the research is interested in how professional values are reflected in the EPs' talk about complex casework. The analysis suggests multiple discursive constructions contribute to the shaping of EPs' professional identity and that these relate to the wider discourses. Five wider discourses were identified as a result of the analysis. These include, 'EP as relational worker', 'EP as research practitioner', 'EP as scientist practitioner ', 'EP as LA officer' and 'EP as advocate for the child'. The research contributes to critical conversations in the field of educational psychology and emphasises the importance of exploring the relationship between professional identity and practice when considering future directions for the profession.

Item Type: Thesis (DEdCPsy)
Academic Units: The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield) > School of Education (Sheffield)
The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Social Sciences (Sheffield)
Identification Number/EthosID: uk.bl.ethos.634338
Depositing User: Miss HT Waters
Date Deposited: 03 Feb 2015 12:10
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2018 09:21
URI: http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/7853

You do not need to contact us to get a copy of this thesis. Please use the 'Download' link(s) above to get a copy.
You can contact us about this thesis. If you need to make a general enquiry, please see the Contact us page.

Actions (repository staff only: login required)