ERIC Number: ED308154
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Apr
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The Development of Commitment to Teaching.
Otis-Wilborn, Amy K.; And Others
This paper examines the expressed commitment to teaching of 17 "high ability" students who were recruited as high school seniors for careers in teaching. During the 2-year recruitment phase of their collegiate program, changing levels of expressed commitment to teaching as a career choice were evaluated at three points using a combination of qualitative and quantitative research techniques. Data presented in this paper indicate that: (1) aspects of career commitment can be identified and described; (2) level and aspects of commitment are variable across time and may be influenced by institutional and personal factors; and (3) several of these factors may be influenced by faculty and curriculum of postsecondary education. It is argued that commitment to teaching as a profession and a career choice can be developed and nurtured prior to the beginning of what is typically considered "traditional" teacher training activities. The notion of a "sustained" stage of recruitment of students into teaching is thus proposed. (Author/JD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-9, 1988).