ERIC Number: EJ917147
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
Motivational Factors toward Pursuing a Career in Special Education
Stephens, Tammy L.; Fish, Wade W.
Education, v130 n4 p581-594 Sum 2010
This study investigated factors which motivated individuals to initially pursue careers in special education, factors which contributed toward their plans to remain or leave the field, and their perceptions of school districts' effective and ineffective recruitment and retention practices. The sample comprised of 15 individuals employed in public schools throughout north Texas who initially pursued careers in special education. Data were collected through the form of audio-recorded semi-structured telephone interviews. Empathy towards students, family, and opportunities to fill job vacancies were factors that participants cited the most for initially pursuing careers in special education. Furthermore, most of the interviewees reported satisfaction within their jobs, but noted excessive demands and lack of administrative support as contributing to job dissatisfaction.
Descriptors: Job Satisfaction, Disabilities, Special Education, Performance Factors, Teacher Motivation, Employment Practices, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Persistence, Interviews, Telephone Surveys, Career Development, Interest Inventories, Vocational Interests, Special Education Teachers
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas