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ERIC Number: EJ1134549
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2159-1474
Motivations and Deterrents for Entering the Teaching Field in a Rural State
Pietrzak, Dale; Engelking, Jeri L.; Reed, Kris M.; Gapp, Susan; Bosse, Sherrie
Journal of Inquiry and Action in Education, v4 n2 p18-33 2011
This article reports findings from a study of the motivations of college students to choose or not choose a career as a K-12 teacher. Five hundred-seventeen college students majoring in education and non-education programs enrolled in undergraduate courses were surveyed as to their motivations for choosing/not choosing a career in K-12. If they chose teaching as a career, they were also asked what might motivate others to enter the teaching profession or if they chose a non-teaching career, they were asked what things that if changed might increase their interest in becoming a teacher. Those choosing teaching as a career did so most often because of a desire to have an impact on youth; those deciding not to enter teaching said the biggest reason was because of salaries and benefits.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Dakota
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