Perezhivanie in Action: A Novice Teacher’s Refraction of Mediated Dramatic Events

Matheus André Agnoletto, Adriana de Carvalho Kuerten Dellagnelo, Karen E. Johnson

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Analyzing a teacher’s perezhivanie shows how she both cognitively and emotionally experiences dramatic events and the mediation provided in response to such events, uncovering her professional development. This paper’s objective is threefold: (i) to illustrate how a novice English teacher’s perezhivanie refracts the contradictions she faces when her practice is inquired into by a more experienced peer; (ii) to analyze the quality and character of his mediation in response to these events; and (iii) to trace how the novice teacher’s perezhivanie shapes her professional development. Nine classroom observations followed by post-observation interviews were conducted. The findings illustrate how the teacher’s refraction of dramatic events and the responsive mediation offered allowed her to (re)visit and (re)shape her professional identity and activity.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)153-179
Number of pages27
JournalLanguage and Sociocultural Theory
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Cultural Studies
  • Linguistics and Language


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