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ERIC Number: ED524839
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1548-6613
Testing the Waters in Teaching: A Qualitative Study on Graduate-Level Intern Science Teachers' Motivations for Entry into Teaching in Taiwan
Wang, Hsiou-Huai
Online Submission, US-China Education Review B 3 p403-412 2011
The teaching profession has difficulties in recruiting high-quality science teachers in many countries and many beginning science teachers would leave after their first year of teaching. As Taiwan has recently been able to recruit many graduate-level science students into teachers' training programs, it is important to investigate if these high-quality science graduates would stay in teaching after their first-year internship as intern teachers. A qualitative study was conducted on 22 science intern teachers with master's and doctoral degrees from a comprehensive university, who had just completed their internship. It is found that both positive and negative factors occur during their internship to impact their intentions to stay. However, as the positive outweighed the negative, the majority of them wanted to pursue teaching as a career for their future. Implications of these findings for teacher education and government policy are discussed. (Contains 1 table.)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Taiwan