ERIC Number: ED230515
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Process of Deciding "Not" to Become a Teacher.
Bogad, Carolyn McWilliams
A study, examining why some students in a credentials program chose not to become teachers, had three purposes: (1) to describe processes involved in becoming a "statistical dropout"; (2) to describe unsuccessful recruitment and socialization processes to improve the knowledge base and to understand where future interventions could be made; and (3) to learn more about the recruitment/socialization/control issue by studying negative cases (those who decided not to pursue a teaching career after completing preservice training). Interviews were held with subjects at the completion of their five year credential program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. During the initial screening interviews, various categories of "reasons" for not seeking a teaching position emerged: (1) "attractive career alternative"; (2) "basic value conflict with the orientation of the profession"; and (3) "hesitancy to set up an adult life structure." The decision not to teach was seen by all subjects as an "inner directed" decision, and individual reasons given for decisions were all based on value conflicts. Case studies of individuals representing each category are included. (JM)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 1983).