ERIC Number: ED336347
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Second Career Teachers: Themes and Variations.
Freidus, Helen; Krasnow, Maris
A growing number of graduate students are career changers who are seeking second careers as teachers. This paper focuses on 20 novice teachers, graduates of a program specifically designed to recruit and meet the needs of those who enter teaching from other careers. Two questionnaires, biographical in nature, were distributed to participants upon entry into the program and upon completion of the course of study. Data were derived from written responses as well as interviews. Some implications for teacher education programs emerging from this study are that second career students: (1) understand professional roles quickly; (2) bring valuable knowledge and skills from previous careers; (3) care a great deal about children; (4) are aware of social issues as these relate to education; and (5) have utilized research and reflection in order to arrive at second career decisions. Findings suggest that self-portraits and perceptions of teaching change as the realities of classroom life are encountered. The data indicate that personal biography, cognitive and psycho-social development, and a program of teacher education differentiated to meet the needs and concerns of second career teachers have facilitated the process of personal and professional growth. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Second Careers
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Chicago, IL, April 3-7, 1991).