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ERIC Number: EJ1006051
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-1937-0814
For the Love of the Middle: A Glimpse into Why One Group of Preservice Teachers Chose Middle Grades Education
Mee, Molly; Haverback, Heather Rogers; Passe, Jeff
Middle Grades Research Journal, v7 n4 p1-14 2012
This article reports on a study that investigated the reasons why one group of secondary education students chose to major in middle school education. Data were collected via interviews and meeting and observational notes with prospective middle school majors at a mid-Atlantic public university during the 2010/2011 academic year. Findings indicate that students choose middle school because they (1) love the subject(s) they plan to teach, (2) believe they have a calling to the profession, (3) believe they can relate to young adolescents and they can make a difference in their lives, (4) believe there is a need for middle school teachers thus making them more marketable, and (5) are influenced by parents or other family members in the teaching profession. These findings support the premise that teacher career choice is based on an interaction of intrinsic and extrinsic motivators. (Contains 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A