ERIC Number: ED310070
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-30
Motives for Teaching of Female Certificate in Education Students.
This study investigated the relative importance a group of teacher-trainees placed on various kinds of motives for choosing teaching as a career. Participants in the study were 99 female A-Level Certificate holders pursuing the Certification in Education Programme. They were being prepared for teaching in primary schools. Background information on the students surveyed included the socioeconomic status of the family, whether there was a teacher in the family, the age at which which the decision to teach was made, teaching experience before admission to the program, who was consulted for making the decision, and whether the decision was firm. Reasons for choosing to teach were grouped into six broad categories: (1) altruism--service, love of children; (2) interpersonal influence; (3) self-actualizatin; (4) intrinsic nature--challenging, interesting; (5) finance, circumstances; and (6) fringe benefits. A comparison is made with the results of a similar study conducted in 1981. While the study results do not differ significantly, the 1988 students were more interested in the intrinsic nature of teaching while the 1981 students were more motivated by self-actualization. A copy of the questionnaire is appended. (JD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Institute of Education (Singapore).
Identifiers - Location: Singapore