A1 Journal article (refereed)
‘I’m a foreign teacher’ : legitimate positionings in the stories of a migrant teacher (2023)

Ennser-Kananen, J., & Ruohotie-Lyhty, M. (2023). ‘I’m a foreign teacher’ : legitimate positionings in the stories of a migrant teacher. Journal of Education for Teaching, 49(3), 491-506. https://doi.org/10.1080/02607476.2022.2105138

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Publication details

All authors or editorsEnnser-Kananen, Johanna; Ruohotie-Lyhty, Maria

Journal or seriesJournal of Education for Teaching



Publication year2023

Publication date07/08/2022


Issue number3

Pages range491-506

PublisherRoutledge, Taylor & Francis Group

Publication countryUnited Kingdom

Publication languageEnglish


Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessPartially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/82543


This qualitative study examines one migrant teacher’s identity positions in the context of a peer mentoring group setting in Finland. Combining theories of legitimacy and teacher narratives, this study asked which positions were available and legitimate for a migrant teacher. The analysis of three of the stories the teacher (‘Ji Yoo’) shared was inspired by Barkhuizen’s three-step framework for examining positioning in teacher narratives. Findings showed that Ji Yoo’s most legitimate positions were being ‘foreign’, novice teacher, cultural broker, and expert teacher, the latter two being the least frequent and least explicit ones. The authors suggest that migrant teachers’ struggles of having their expertise and experience recognised and shed their ‘foreign’ label persist even in contexts that are intended to support and empower practitioners.

Keywordsimmigrantsimmigrant backgroundmigrantsforeignersteacherslanguage teachersteacherhoodidentity (mental objects)professional identitypeer supportmentoringlegitimacynarrative analysis

Free keywordsmigrant teacher; language teacher; legitimacy; positioning; peer mentoring

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Ministry reportingYes

Reporting Year2022

JUFO rating1

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