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ERIC Number: EJ822375
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 21
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0890-6459
Factors Associated with Post-Baccalaureate Students' Entry into a Teacher Preparation Program
Abernathy, Tammy V.; Wiest, Lynda; Olive, Melissa
Teacher Education and Practice, v16 n3 p232-252 Fall 2003
Recent teacher shortages have led teacher preparation programs to more actively recruit postbaccalaureate students into teaching. The purpose of this exploratory study was to gain useful recruitment information by investigating why postbaccalaureate students are interested in teaching as a new career. A survey was constructed based on interview data obtained from two focus group discussions. Survey results indicated that low salary and concerns about their ability to teach were reasons the participants did not originally pursue teaching. Prospective elementary and secondary respondents indicated a desire to make a difference in children's lives as the reason for wanting to teach. Prospective secondary teachers indicated that working with their content specialty was an important consideration in pursuing teacher certification. This exploratory study has potential implications for recruiting undergraduate and graduate students into teacher education and how to better serve postbaccalaureate students seeking teaching licensure. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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