ERIC Number: EJ720960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005-Sep
Reference Count: 14
The Reasons Students Choose Teaching Professions
Krecic, Marija Javornik; Grmek, Milena Ivanus
Educational Studies, v31 n3 p265-274 Sep 2005
The purpose of the paper is to present the reasons students at the Faculty of Education in Maribor, Slovenija, chose pedagogy for their study direction, and therefore becoming a teacher. A total 237 second-year students of the academic year 2003/04 were included in the research. Of the five groups of reasons for choosing this program (altruistic, material, self-realization and alternative, and reasons arising from aspiration stereotype), students most often asserted self-realization, including: teaching provides a useful public function for the whole society; as a teacher, I can be an example to children and young people; this profession will give me a chance for professional development during my whole career; and teaching will enable me to use all my abilities (and talents--for example, music, verbal, dancing, etc.) Important differences were found to exist between students of different disciplines.
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Preservice Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, Foreign Countries, Career Choice, Altruism, Teaching (Occupation), Student Motivation, Gender Differences, Majors (Students)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Slovenia