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ERIC Number: EJ1060474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1380-3611
Why Choose Teaching? an International Review of Empirical Studies Exploring Student Teachers' Career Motivations and Levels of Commitment to Teaching
Heinz, Manuela
Educational Research and Evaluation, v21 n3 p258-297 2015
Why do individuals all over the world choose to become school teachers? What motivates them to become educators of young people, and how committed are they to this cause when they enter their teacher education courses? Considering that teacher motivation and commitment have been identified as crucial factors for the future success of education and schools (Huberman, 1993; Manning & Patterson, 2005; Rikard, 1999), these are important questions for policy makers and societies to address. This paper provides a systematic and conceptual review of empirical research studies exploring student teachers' career motivations and commitment in 23 countries from 5 continents. A variety of motivating factors are explored, their relative importance in student teachers' career decisions is discussed, and differences between various subgroups and cultural contexts are highlighted. Attention is drawn to methodological limitations as well as recent developments in this important area of research.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Information Analyses; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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