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ERIC Number: ED366234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990
Pages: 35
Abstractor: N/A
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Students' Reasons for Entering the Educational Profession.
Hayes, Sandra
This study examined why students decide to enter teaching as a profession through a survey of college students majoring in education at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. The study used triangulation with a data search, an anonymous survey, and an open-ended questionnaire. The 100 surveys were distributed randomly to junior and senior education students. The results were as follows: (1) most students chose teaching in order to make a positive difference in the lives of children; (2) 92 percent chose teaching because they loved children; (3) calendar considerations were important to only 5 percent; (4) 98 percent felt that teaching would allow them to express their creative abilities; (5) 87 percent saw teaching as an awesome responsibility; (6) 58 percent disagreed that a 3-month vacation was a reason for choosing a teaching career; (7) 24 percent thought that teaching was a highly respected profession; (8) 92 percent thought teachers are not adequately paid; (9) 61 percent strongly felt that the rewards of teaching are not monetary; and (10) 32 percent had a teacher-parent and 54 percent were influenced to become a teacher by one of their own former teachers. Also included are the survey instruments and survey results in tables. (Contains 17 references.) (JB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers: Northwestern Oklahoma State University; Oklahoma