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ERIC Number: EJ1041671
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1446-5442
"Because Teaching Is Like a Plantation of 'Dakwah'": Understanding Complexities in Choosing to Be a Teacher in Indonesia
Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, v14 p51-59 2014
This paper reports on findings from an ongoing research project involving pre-service English teachers' identity formation during teaching practicum at Riau University, Indonesia. It explores the motivations behind participants' decisions to become English teachers. Qualitative data were gathered during pre- and post-teaching practicum periods utilising in-depth one-on-one interviews of a small number of pre-service English teachers during placement in secondary schools in Indonesia. Additionally a focus group discussion was also conducted. Findings showed that motives to be English teachers were varied. They included altruism, religious values, the special status of English, and a suitable profession for females. Data also revealed that these motivations originated from childhood, schooling, and the familial experiences of participants. Yet, unlike what is widely believed by policy makers in Indonesia, factors such as remuneration (double incentive) scheme within current Indonesian Teacher's Certification Program did not appear to have any significant effect in their choices in profession. This indicates how young teachers often tend to value idealistic principles over financial rewards.
University of Newcastle. School of Education, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Indonesia