Language teacher educator agency: An ecological perspective of contributions for identity construction

Mostafa Nazari, Hassan Nejadghanbar (Corresponding Author), Guangwei Hu

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Despite the recent growth of research on language teacher educators’ (LTEs) professionalism, little research is available on their agency. In response to this gap of knowledge, this study drew on an ecological theoretical framework and explored the agency and identity construction of Iranian LTEs. Grounded in a narrative inquiry methodology, data were collected from narrative frames and semi-structured interviews. Analyses of the data revealed that power and interpersonal relationships were key to the LTEs’ constrained and facilitated agency, respectively. Collectively, the findings show that although power ecologies perform negatively in sanctioning LTEs’ agency and identity, such ecologies motivate LTEs to strive toward becoming more caring through enacting agency strategies that build on discursive meaning-making processes among LTEs and teachers. Based on the findings, we provide implications for policymakers and teacher educators in regard to how partnership initiatives could be established so that a more professional environment is provided for teachers and LTEs, especially in relation to the role of language in such partnerships.

Original languageEnglish
Article number102367
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Publication statusPublished - May 2024


  • Ecological perspective
  • Language teacher educators
  • Teacher educator agency
  • Teacher educator identity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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