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ERIC Number: EJ857474
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 20
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 85
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
Describing the Elephant: Preservice Teachers Talk about Spiritual Reasons for Becoming a Teacher
Marshall, Joanne M.
Teacher Education Quarterly, v36 n2 p25-44 Spr 2009
Given the need for high quality teachers in every classroom, it is important to understand what might contribute to the preparation and persistence of teachers. Two lines of literature in teacher education relate to such an understanding. One line of literature follows the circumstances of how people decide to become teachers. The other line explores the relationship between spirituality and teaching. This article considers the intersection of those two lines; namely, what is the relationship, if any, between why people enter the K-12 teaching field and the spirituality of teaching? To answer this research question, two researchers interviewing 18 first-year undergraduates during a program evaluation of an elementary teacher education program at a Catholic institution included three questions related to spirituality, the decision to teach, and what makes a good teacher. They wanted to know how teachers at the very beginning of their careers thought about their teaching choice and how spirituality might relate to it. (Contains 2 tables and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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