ERIC Number: ED464068
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2002
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Why Teach: A Comparative Analysis of Responses from Prospective Teachers Enrolled in Professional Education Programs in 1991-92 with Those in 2000-01.
Reif, Margaret T.; Warring, Douglas F.
This study compared responses from prospective teachers in the academic years, 1991-92 and 2000-01 regarding their reasons for entering teaching and their beliefs about their prospects. Student teachers in traditional and nontraditional programs were compared. Students in a teacher preparation program that offers a B.A. for undergraduates and a license leading to an M.A. for graduate students completed the latter survey. This information was compared to similar data collected 10 years previously. Data included demographics, grade point average, licensure-interest area, desired place of employment, parental educational levels and occupations, and main reasons for wanting to teach. In the 10 years between surveys, a better balance between elementary and secondary teacher education majors developed. The undergraduate program continued to be predominantly traditional age students, while the graduate program generally enrolled nontraditional age students. The racial makeup continued to be predominantly white. Grade point averages increased. Undergraduates continued to choose suburban settings for teaching. Graduate students showed decreased interest in urban settings. The 2000-01 study showed a lower percentage of students who chose teaching because of their love for children compared to responses given 10 years ago. Fewer students reported wanting to teach because it was a challenging, rewarding profession. The questionnaire and resulting data are appended. (Contains 23 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
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