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ERIC Number: EJ795247
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 70
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
African-American Male Honor Students' Views of Teaching as a Career Choice
Smith, Vernon G.; Mack, Faite R-P.; Akyea, Stacey Gray
Teacher Education Quarterly, v31 n2 p75-88 Spr 2004
Why are the brightest of the young, African-American male high school graduates not seeking a career in teaching? It is widely recognized that there are pedagogical and societal benefits to having more African-American male role models for both African-Americans and other ethnic and racial groups. This investigation was based on the premise that awareness of issues restricting African-American male participation could significantly contribute to larger effort to create a culturally informed and culturally diverse teaching population. The study was designed to answer the questions: Is there a pool of qualified, interested male African-American high school students available to be recruited into teacher education programs? If so, what are the barriers that restrict them from pursuing a teaching career? To seek answers to this question, this investigation surveyed the attitudes of African-American male honor graduates with regard to teaching as a career choice. The findings in this study, although limited, have suggested that some qualified African-American male students are interested in teaching a career and are available to be recruited into teacher education programs. Results suggest that lack of career awareness, lack of positive information regarding the profession, and lack of encouragement are obstacles to students pursuing that interest.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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