ERIC Number: ED348367
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Why We Want To Be Teachers: New Teachers Talk about Their Reasons for Entering the Profession.
This paper examines a random sample of applicants (n=203) accepted to the Faculty of Education, University of Toronto (Canada), and addresses the following questions: (1) what new teachers say about their reasons for entering the profession; (2) how those reasons align with current thinking about the qualities of teachers necessary to a changing profession; (3) whether their reasons differ by self-selected level of elementary, junior, or senior high school; and (4) what analysis of these statements suggests to program designers for the education of new teachers. The following themes emerge across all levels: (1) the need to make a difference to students and society; (2) teachers as role models for students; (3) the teacher-student exchange as one of mutual growth and continuous learning for both; (4) a wish to share personal knowledge and expertise; and (5) the creation of a positive learning environment. Beginning teachers appear to be optimistic and interested in making a difference to themselves, their students, and society. Teacher educators should strive to maintain these high levels of energy and idealism; focus on abilities that address the needs of a changing society, and assist beginning teachers to become effective agents of change. (LL)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Idealism; University of Toronto (Canada)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (San Francisco, CA, April 20-24, 1992).