ERIC Number: EJ697952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Jul
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"I've Decided to Become a Teacher": Influences on Career Change
Richardson, Paul W.; Watt, Helen M. G.
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v21 n5 p475-489 Jul 2005
The present study explored reasons behind graduates' decisions to pursue teaching as a career, in a 1-year pre-service teacher education program at an Australian university, located in Melbourne (N=74). A survey collected data about respondents' reasons for choosing teaching as a career, with open-ended questions eliciting rich qualitative data to elaborate on rating-scale responses. Five factors relating to social status, career fit, prior considerations, financial reward and time for family were identified through factor analyses. Respondents' ratings were independent of previous level of qualification and having children or not, with little evidence for gender differences. Three distinct clusters of students showed that different combinations of reasons were relevant to each group's choice of teaching as a career, and these reasons were further illustrated and discussed in relation to qualitative data from open-ended survey questions.
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Career Change, Career Choice, Teaching (Occupation), Social Status, Attitude Measures, Income
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Location: Australia