ERIC Number: EJ1180691
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Abstractor: As Provided
Interpreting Ambivalence Regarding Motivation for Teaching among Student-Teachers
Cheng, May M. H.; Tang, Sylvia Y. F.; Cheng, Annie Y. N.
Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, v24 n1 p147-156 Mar 2015
Previous research suggests that student-teachers graduate from initial teacher education programmes with varying degrees of motivation to teach. In recent literature, there are student-teachers described to be ambivalent regarding motivation for teaching. More understanding about these cases will inform the design of initial teacher education programmes and the provision of measures to support beginning teachers. Moreover, in-depth research is required such that the meaning of ambivalence regarding motivation for teaching can be better defined. This article reports findings from a 4-year longitudinal study on student-teachers engaged in an initial teacher education programme. Cases showing ambivalence regarding motivation for teaching are identified. The article provides the meaning of ambivalence and analyses the programme experience of student-teachers who are ambivalent regarding teaching. The findings inform us as to whether ambivalence changes at the beginning, the end and/or during the teacher education programme, and the factors affecting the perceptions of ambivalence. The factors are concern about career prospects; lack of confidence in their ability to fulfil the role of a teacher; and influence from the social context. The analysis suggests that ambivalence regarding motivation to teach needs to be addressed beyond the initial teacher education programme level. Implications for ways to build up student-teachers' confidence and enhance their motivation for teaching are discussed.
Descriptors: Student Motivation, Preservice Teacher Education, Longitudinal Studies, Psychological Patterns, Career Choice, Self Efficacy, Social Influences, Preservice Teachers
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