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  • research article
    Obenchain, Kathryn M
    Balkutė, Asta
    Vaughn, Erin
    White, Shannon
    The high school journal. Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, 2016, vol. 99, no 3, Spring., p. 252-278
    Besearch suggests that teachers play a role in the type o f citizenship education implemented in schools. The purpose o f this qualitative case study was to explore how two high school teachers understood and enacted their civic identities as a dimension o f their teacher identities. Findings suggest that factors contributing to an individual's civic identity take on a unique perspective when filtered through the development and enactment o f teacher professional identity. Participants’ civic identities are discussed through the two dimensions o f belonging and responsibility to the community. They ground their civic identities in the local community, encouraging their students to fit into and serve the local community. Participants supported democratic ideals including justice and diversity, but rejected an American identity that they equated with negativity, consumerism, and inhospitable to those who are unfamiliar. In-service teacher education would benefit from building on and reframing teachers’ existing community connections to incorporate participatory action research (PAR) and critical service-learning.