ERIC Number: ED045888
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar
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Occupational Change and the Choice of Teaching as a New Career.
Londoner, Carroll Alton
A study was made of how job factors, as related to age and sex, induce persons educated and working in one career to leave and then choose teaching as a new career. Subjects (45 graduate students in an Indiana University teacher certification program) ranged in age from 25 to 55 and had undergraduate backgrounds in fields other than education. They were administered a specially developed questionnaire and rating scale. Men aged 24-39 were more dissatisfied by the factors as a whole than comparable women. Regardless of sex, subjects aged 24-29 tended to be dissatisfied with opportunities for promotion, decision making, and personal growth; level of job creativity and challenge; responsibility for the efforts of self and others; recognition by peers; managerial foresight and planning; interpersonal relations; use of their abilities; existing sense of pride and success; and supervision. Most of these factors may have influenced persons 30-34 to leave their careers. Men and women differed on work with young people, social progress, and commitment as factors leading them to choose teaching. These and other findings led to the conclusion that age, but not sex, is relevant to leaving one's old job in favor of teaching. (LY)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Age Differences, Attitudes, Bibliographies, Career Change, Career Choice, Doctoral Dissertations, Females, Higher Education, Investigations, Males, Middle Aged Adults, Motivation, Teacher Education, Young Adults
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Univ., Bloomington.
Note: Ph.D. Thesis