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Frontiers in Educational Research, 2023, 6(8); doi: 10.25236/FER.2023.060822.

Traditional Elimination and Modern Reconstruction: Transformation and Reflection of the Academic Professional Identity of Western University Teachers


Xu Feng1, Yang Chao2

Corresponding Author:
Xu Feng

12056 Wanqing Road, Yunnan Communications Vocational Technology College, Kunming, China

2Yunnan Normal University, Kunming, China


The occupation that university teachers engage in is essentially an academic profession. It is important for university teachers to acquire and establish specific social identities from the academic profession. The academic professional identities of western university teachers have undergone an evolving process from traditional identities (city-state Sophist, guild scholar and church cleric, and state civil servant) to modern identities (market employee) from the ancient Greek period to modern society. Each identity is not purely a substitute for the other, but has both its own typical characteristics and inheritance; in modern society, the university teachers' market employee identity, which is "market-oriented" and "contractual", poses a great challenge to the traditional identity. Therefore, in modern society, we need to integrate the advantages and limitations of the "traditional identity" and "modern identity" to the reconstruction of the academic professional identity of university teachers. It aims to restore the original identity of modern university teachers as "intellectuals" and "academics" and to realize the soul of academic freedom and the importance of cultivating talents and exploring truth.


western university teachers; occupation dignity; traditional identity; modern identity

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Xu Feng, Yang Chao. Traditional Elimination and Modern Reconstruction: Transformation and Reflection of the Academic Professional Identity of Western University Teachers. Frontiers in Educational Research (2023) Vol. 6, Issue 8: 143-148. https://doi.org/10.25236/FER.2023.060822.


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