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ERIC Number: EJ815650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 46
ISSN: ISSN-1446-5442
"You Are Getting Too Old, Find a Man and Marry": Social Aspects of Motivation to Choose Teacher Education
Beltman, Susan; Wosnitza, Marold
Australian Journal of Educational & Developmental Psychology, v8 p49-63 2008
This study examines the roles other people play in individuals' decisions to enter into teacher education. Elements of social cognitive and situated theoretical approaches to motivation are combined, using a newly developed instrument. Participants were 303 Australian and German teacher education students. They indicated other people who had helped or hindered them in their journey to become teachers. The findings reveal the important role played by immediate family and the significance of personal and emotional support across both national contexts. Strengths and limitations of the methodology and directions for future research are discussed. (Contains 3 figures and 7 tables.)
University of Newcastle. School of Education, Callaghan, NSW 2308, Australia. e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Germany