ERIC Number: ED343682
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
A Study of Career Intentions: 1990 Intake Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) Students.
The career intentions of a group of students enrolled in the first year of the Diploma of Teaching (Early Childhood) at Palmerston North College of Education in New Zealand were studied. The research was prompted by a concern that most students aspired to work in kindergartens and few students were choosing to enter child care occupations. A sample of 65 students was surveyed and a response rate of 71 percent was obtained. The ethnic origin of 74 percent of the respondents was Pakeha or non-Maori New Zealander, 96 percent were female, 96 percent spoke English as their first language, 24 percent were parents whose children had attended a variety of early childhood centers, and 67 percent had previously worked in an early childhood center. Many students reported dissatisfaction with their student teaching experience, particularly at child care centers. Kindergartens were ranked with higher status than child care centers. The major disadvantages of working in child care were seen as the pay, length of work year, and hours of work. Staff-child ratios were viewed as a disadvantage in kindergartens. A total of 43 percent of respondents desired to work only in kindergartens, while 9 percent only wanted to work in child care centers and 39 percent were satisfied with either location. It is concluded that some progress has been made in the acceptance of child care as a viable work option. Contains 10 references. (LB)
Descriptors: Career Choice, Child Care Occupations, Child Caregivers, Comparative Analysis, Education Majors, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Job Satisfaction, Kindergarten, Preschool Education, Preschool Teachers, Status, Student Attitudes, Student Teaching, Teacher Education, Training, Working Hours
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: New Zealand
Note: Paper presented at the Early Childhood Convention (5th, Dunedin, New Zealand, September 8-12, 1991).