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ERIC Number: EJ1233342
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0261-9768
Student Teachers' Motives for Participating in the Teacher Training Program: A Qualitative Comparison between Continuing Students and Switch Students
Meens, Evelyne E. M.; Bakx, Anouke W. E. A.
European Journal of Teacher Education, v42 n5 p650-674 2019
Over the last few decades, the Netherlands has been experiencing that numerous student teachers (i.e., pre-service teachers) leave teacher training after a short period of time. To address this attrition problem the current study aimed to gain insight into student teachers' motives for enrolling, continuing or withdrawing from a primary teacher education program, and compare these motives between continuing students and switch students before and after their enrolment. Twenty-two Dutch student teachers (continuing students: N = 10; 70.0% females, M[subscript age] = 20.00, switch students: N = 12; 66.7% females, M[subscript age] = 20.83) participated in this interview study. Several motives regarding the teacher education program were identified. Both groups primarily cited intrinsic motives for enrolling in the program. Disappointment in the profession, as well as content of the program and difficulty level of the program, were the main motives to leave. Enthusiasm about the profession and the social environment were the primary motives to continue in the program.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Netherlands
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