The identity work of environmental education teachers in Israel

Noam Zaradez*, Rakefet Sela-Sheffy, Tali Tal

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Despite growing interest in promoting environmental education (EE), as in other countries, its status within the formal education system in Israel is still ambiguous and its effectiveness questionable. Proceeding from the view of structure-agent interdependency, the present study focuses on teachers’ identity as key to understanding the situation in their professional field. Analysis is based on in-depth interviews with ten EE teachers in ten public elementary-schools in Israel, to investigate their occupational self-perception as part of the system in which they operate. Findings reveal an ambivalent professional identity and a weak sense of agency as EE teachers. Teachers’ impaired occupational self-image have implications for their potential role in advancing EE in particular and for the educational field in Israel in general.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)812-829
Number of pages18
JournalEnvironmental Education Research
Issue number6
StatePublished - 2 Jun 2020


  • Environmental education
  • identity work
  • professional status
  • teachers


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