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ERIC Number: EJ859564
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 4
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-0031-7217
Ready, Set, Recruit for Teaching
Swanson, Peter B.
Phi Delta Kappan, v91 n2 p28-30, 32 Oct 2009
Little is known about when adolescents' vocational interests begin to surge. For the author's study with students participating in Georgia's Future Educators Association (FEA) conference, the sample had students from 13 to 19 years of age, and the author found that there was a dramatic change in interest between ages 15 and 16. FEA offers middle and high school students a realistic understanding of education as a profession and the role of the teacher. Evidence from the study strongly suggests that the field of education might improve its efforts to recruit students for educational careers if it focuses on students who are 15 and 16 years old. Encouraging these individuals to set educational and career goals early in life, exploring teaching through direct experience in the classrooms, and becoming citizen leaders through school/community service appears to be a valid strategy. For students whose parents did not attend institutions of higher education, such collaboration between colleges of education and FEA chapters could be significant in helping these students transition from secondary school to a college. The author urges the education community to work closely with chapter advisors to invite future educators to local, area, state, regional, and even national education conferences to take advantage of the sharing of knowledge and learn more about the profession from experts in the field. (Contains 1 figure and 1 chart.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia