Research Impact: In this study, we explore how Chinese teachers, who are involved in PETE programmes in universities, understand their professional identity and what specific factors influence their professional identity as teacher educators. Initially, a sample of 15 Chinese university teachers involved in PETE were interviewed and five follow up interviews were conducted. The results expressed that Chinese university teachers lacked an understanding of the term ‘teacher educator’. Noting the diverse responsibilities and teaching to different groups of students, the majority of the participants perceived their professional identity more as university teachers than as teacher educators. One of the most significant factors positively impacting participants’ professional identity as teacher educators was their level of interaction with pre-service teachers. There is a need for future research on the diverse work of university teachers involved in teacher education and how their multifaceted roles and responsibilities may influence professional identity as teacher educators.
Yueying Gong, Ann-Marie Young & Ann MacPhail (2021): The complexity of professional identity: Chinese university teachers teaching in physical education teacher education (PETE) programmes, European Journal of Teacher Education, DOI: 10.1080/02619768.2021.1972967