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ERIC Number: ED441777
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Motivations for the Career Choice of Preservice Teachers in New South Wales, Australia and Ontario, Canada.
Sumison, Jennifer
This study investigated and compared the reasons given by 40 preservice teachers in New South Wales (NSW), Australia, and Ontario, Canada, for their career choice, focusing on whether their motivations reflected the marked difference in the status and remuneration of teachers in NSW and Ontario. Preservice teachers participated in in-depth, focused, individual interviews in which they were asked to tell a little about themselves and why they decided to become teachers. The NSW students completed interviews during their first year of enrollment, and the Ontario students completed interviews at the beginning of their second year. Data analysis highlighted four categories of reasons: (1) little sense of personal agency (e.g., teaching by default or chance); (2) teaching as a means of gaining personal agency; (3) teaching as a means of assisting others to gain agency; and (4) self as a reform agent. The NSW student teachers had more diverse motivations than did their counterparts in Ontario, who mostly cited a vocation for teaching. In general, the responses of the Ontario preservice teachers indicated higher perceptions of personal agency than did those of the NSW preservice teachers, possibly a reflection of the higher professional status and salaries accorded teachers in Ontario. (Contains 41 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Canada