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ERIC Number: EJ1176438
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1366-4530
Variations in Pre-Service Teachers' Career Exploration and Commitment to Teaching
Hong, Ji; Greene, Barbara; Roberson, Robin; Cross Francis, Dionne; Rapacki Keenan, Lauren
Teacher Development, v22 n3 p408-426 2018
The purpose of this study was to investigate various career paths pre-service teachers explore and the processes of establishing their commitment to becoming a teacher. A mixed-methods design was employed; 326 surveys measured the levels of pre-service teachers' career exploration and commitment using occupational identity status (achievement, moratorium, foreclosure, and diffusion), along with resilience and perceived instrumentality. Thirty-two interviews were followed to further explore detailed variations of their career decision-making journey. MANOVA analysis indicated significant differences for resilience and perceived instrumentality based on the four occupational identity statuses. Subsequent qualitative analysis identified various patterns where pre-service teachers differed in their entry motivation, negotiation for their career decision making, and the strength of their commitment to teaching. The findings of this study illuminate iterative and non-linear development of pre-service teachers' professional identity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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