ERIC Number: EJ1089665
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 35
Examining the Motives and the Future Career Intentions of Mainland Chinese Pre-Service Teachers in Hong Kong
Cheung, Alan C. K.; Yuen, Timothy W. W.
Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education Research, v71 n2 p209-229 Feb 2016
The purpose of this paper was to examine the motives, the educational experiences, and the plan after graduation of a particular group of mainland Chinese students pursuing teacher education in Hong Kong by using a modified two-way push-and-pull model as our analytical framework. The study employed both quantitative and qualitative methods. Participants were 130 prospective student teachers from The Hong Kong Institute of Education, the largest teacher training provider in Hong Kong. The findings confirm a long-standing concern regarding the lack of an English environment and internationalization in universities in mainland China. In addition, the majority of the participants were satisfied with the overall quality of the teacher education programs in Hong Kong. Finally, our participants were a very special group of mainland Chinese students because, unlike those on other academic programs such as business or computing, the graduates from teacher education programs do not have much transferable academic capital. When they decide to pursue their teacher training degrees in Hong Kong, they have already made up their mind to stay in Hong Kong after graduation. Thus, we extend the threefold classifications of mainland Chinese students studying overseas, as defined by Dimmock and Leong, by adding a new category--labeled "settlers'"--in their classification.
Descriptors: Asians, Qualitative Research, Statistical Analysis, Foreign Countries, Student Teachers, Educational Experience, International Education, Teacher Education Programs, Graduates, Classification, Student Motivation, Models, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language of Instruction, Educational Quality, Occupational Aspiration, Intention, Student Attitudes
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: China; Hong Kong