Identity education: A conceptual framework for educational researchers and practitioners

Elli P. Schachter, Yisrael Rich

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This article presents the concept of identity education (IdEd) referring to the purposeful involvement of educators with students' identity-related processes or contents.We discuss why educators may consider identity important to the realization of educational goals and choose to target aspects of students' identity in their pedagogical practice.We offer a broad theoretical framework that organizes and focuses the extensive yet scattered discourse on identity and education. Because IdEd is a concept that accommodates diverse educational perspectives and concerns, we outline several parameters that can assist educators in making sense of this diversity and provide a conceptual basis for pedagogical and curricular decision making. These parameters also provide researchers from different scholarly traditions a common framework for constructive dialogue and can serve as a basis for generating focused and productive research directions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-238
Number of pages17
JournalEducational Psychologist
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2011

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Funding Information:
Elli Schachter’s work on this study was supported by a grant from the Israeli Science Foundation (#818/07). Yisrael Rich’s work was supported by a grant from the Chief Scientist’s Office and the Department of Religious Education of the Israeli Ministry of Education.


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