ERIC Number: ED256755
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jul
Comparing Academic Backgrounds and Career Aspirations of Education and Non-Education Majors. Research and Evaluation in Teacher Education. Program Evaluation Series No. 2.
Book, C.; And Others
A comparative study was made of ways in which teacher candidates and their non-teaching counterparts in college differ in their academic and social backgrounds and in their bases for career decisions. Questionnaires were submitted to 146 non-teaching students and 258 teacher candidates. Analysis of survey findings indicated that: (1) the high school academic background of entering teacher candidates was comparable to that of non-teaching majors; (2) the groups were generally similar in the pattern of extra-curricular activities in high school; (3) teacher candidates were more likely to be female, to have transferred from another school, and to have come from families with a somewhat lower income than non-teaching majors; and (4) teacher candidates were more likely to have participated in teaching experiences, to have reported a high level of reading for pleasure, and to have been elected to honor societies. An analysis of reasons for career choice in the two groups indicated that teacher salaries and limited opportunities for advancement were factors inhibiting students from choosing to teach. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Michigan State Univ., East Lansing. Coll. of Education.