ERIC Number: EJ826886
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Feb
Abstractor: As Provided
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An Inquiry into the Development of Teacher Identities in STEM Career Changers
Grier, Jeanne M.; Johnston, Carol C.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v20 n1 p57-75 Feb 2009
National shortages of math and science teachers have led to a variety of strategies and programs to attract second career professionals into teaching. This qualitative study explores the development of professional teaching identities in six STEM career changers in a post-baccalaureate pre-service teacher credential program in California. Findings suggest the career changers relied upon skills developed in their previous careers to navigate through a new profession; however, returning to the life of a student again was difficult. Additionally, the career changers in this study valued interacting with their traditional aged peers in the program as these relationships were beneficial to their own socialization into teaching as they developed their teacher identities.
Descriptors: Career Change, Science Teachers, Mathematics Teachers, Teacher Recruitment, Preservice Teacher Education, Preservice Teachers, Self Concept, Socialization, Teacher Attitudes, Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Shortage, Student Adjustment
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: California