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ERIC Number: EJ866445
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-1354-0602
"To Be or Not to Be...a Teacher?" Exploring Levels of Commitment Related to Perceptions of Teaching among Students Enrolled in a Teacher Education Program
Pop, Margareta Maria; Turner, Jeannine E.
Teachers and Teaching: Theory and Practice, v15 n6 p683-700 Dec 2009
The present study explored the relationships of preservice teachers' levels of commitment to teaching and their beliefs and perceptions of teaching as a career. Participants were undergraduate students enrolled in a teacher education program at a major university in the southeast. Sixty-seven preservice teachers completed a survey in which they rated the importance of 20 factors for influencing their choice of career. Additionally, among the survey respondents, nine students were selected from three groups of preservice teachers for in-depth interviews: (1) students who were currently considering teaching as a career choice, (2) students who were undecided about their future teaching career, and (3) students who were no longer considering teaching as a career. Overall, findings from this study revealed that preservice teachers' understanding of their goal of becoming teachers and interpretations of their motivation for teaching were unique, yet the types of influences on their career choices were similar across participants' stories. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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