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ERIC Number: EJ858726
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 14
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0737-5328
Why Now? Factors Associated with Choosing Teaching as a Second Career and Their Implications for Teacher Education Programs
Castro, Antonio J.; Bauml, Michelle
Teacher Education Quarterly, v36 n3 p113-126 Sum 2009
The authors sought to investigate the circumstances which enabled career switchers to move from merely thinking about teaching to actually becoming a teacher. More specifically, they traced the factors that impacted a person's decision-making and transitioning from the context prior to the career change to entrance into an alternative route program. Participants in this qualitative study included new entrants in an alternative pathway to teaching sponsored by a large urban school district in the Southwest during the spring of 2007. This alternative certification program partnered with a local university to provide rigorous graduate-level coursework for its interns. Data from this study suggests timing plays a crucial role in determining whether someone will change careers and whether she or he will choose teaching as the next option. Given their findings, they have made two conclusions about second-career teachers. First, a person's access to resources impacts the timing of a decision to pursue a career change into teaching. Second, when career changers are ready for a change, availability of educational programs plays an important role in choosing to enter the teaching pipeline. Many options exist for teacher preparation programs seeking to recruit and support second-career teachers. The authors offers recommendations, which are based on their understanding of these participants' experiences transitioning as midcareer teachers. (Contains 1 table and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education; Higher Education
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Language: English
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