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ERIC Number: ED357013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Feb
Pages: 18
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Choosing Teaching As a Career: Comparing Motivations of Harvard and Urban College Students.
Weiner, Lois; And Others
This study examined the reasons given by college students for choosing teaching as a career, comparing responses of high-achieving graduates of select liberal arts colleges enrolled in the Teaching and Curriculum program at Harvard Graduate School of Education to become secondary level teachers, and 53 prospective early childhood, elementary, and secondary school teachers at Urban College, a small public college in the Northeast with a more racially and socially diverse student body. Respondents rated 23 statements, giving their importance as motivations for becoming a teacher, and ranked their two or three most important reasons for career choice. Urban College and Harvard students were found to be more similar than different. Three of four motivations named as a primary reason for wanting to be a teacher were the same--wanting the opportunity to be creative, enjoying work with young people, and desiring a socially useful job. Compared to Harvard students, Urban College students gave higher ratings for the importance of salary and job security, while Harvard students gave higher ratings to independence and autonomy, desire to change society, desire to meet people of different social backgrounds, the suitability of the academic calendar, and the length of the school year. (JDD)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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