ERIC Number: EJ694799
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Aug
Reference Count: 25
Teaching as a Career: A Perspective from Hong Kong Senior Secondary Students
Lai, Kwok-chan; Chan, Kwok-wai; Ko, Kwok-wai; So, Kwok-sang
Journal of Education for Teaching: International Research and Pedagogy, v31 n3 p153-168 Aug 2005
This study examined the views of teaching as a career choice held by Hong Kong students in their final year of upper secondary school (Secondary Seven). Significant differences were found between students' interest in teaching and demographic characteristics such as gender, religious beliefs, household income and parents' education levels, as well as their public examination scores and streams of study. Three attractive and three deterrent factors were identified among the reasons influencing students' choice of teaching as a career, respectively. Among 20 listed occupations, teaching was ranked relatively high by the students both as the occupation they "most wanted" and "most respected". The paper discusses the implications of these findings and draws conclusions which may be helpful to teacher education providers and policy makers on measures to recruit prospective students to initial teacher education.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong