ERIC Number: ED286035
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr
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Factors Influencing Vocational Teachers' Mid-Life Career Decisions.
Wittkamper, John Randal; Harris, Robert C.
A study was conducted to increase understanding of the mid-life career decision factors of vocational teachers in trade and industrial education. A sample of 179 conditionally licensed occupational teachers in Indiana who had initially been employed in industrial occupations were willing to participate in the study. Four additional criteria were applied to this population: (1) employed in a trade and industrial education subject area; (2) employed within the last six years; (3) between the ages of 30-50; and (4) male. Data were collected from the 35 persons meeting these criteria via a structured interview scheduled at the subjects' home schools. The study found that slightly over 74 percent of the teachers had taught in the industrial environment, usually by mentoring other employees or providing short-term, task-specific training. These experiences helped them assess their interest in teaching. The decision to change jobs fell within three broad categories: economic, idealistic, and personal circumstances. Economic reasons, reported by one-third of the teachers, included retirement, medical factors, layoffs, and income improvement. The idealistic cluster comprised the largest percentage of responses, 46 percent. The responses in this group included the desire to change their lives, the desire to help young people, and the desire to undertake a new challenge. Personal circumstances accounted for approximately one-fourth of the reasons advanced. (KC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 21, 1987).