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ERIC Number: EJ969097
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Aug
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0742-051X
Motivations for Choosing Teaching as a Career: An International Comparison Using the FIT-Choice Scale
Watt, Helen M. G.; Richardson, Paul W.; Klusmann, Uta; Kunter, Mareike; Beyer, Beate; Trautwein, Ulrich; Baumert, Jurgen
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, v28 n6 p791-805 Aug 2012
Motivations for preservice teachers' choice of teaching as a career were investigated using the Factors Influencing Teaching Choice scale (FIT-Choice scale; Watt & Richardson, 2007). This scale was initially developed and validated in the Australian context; our study applied it across international samples from Australia, the United States, Germany, and Norway. Support for strong factorial invariance implied the scale functioned similarly, and could fruitfully be employed in different contexts. Sample comparisons revealed that motivations for teaching were more similar than they were different across these samples; whereas, perceptions about the teaching profession tended to reflect country differences. (Contains 7 tables and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia; Germany; Norway; United States