ERIC Number: EJ1028309
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 32
Why People Choose to Teach in Urban Schools: The Case for a Push-Pull Factor Analysis
Knell, Paul F.; Castro, Antonio J.
Educational Forum, v78 n2 p150-163 2014
This qualitative research study traces the motivations for teaching of 13 teacher candidates enrolled in an urban-based alternative certification program. After using a push-pull factor analysis, the data suggest that most participants left their previous careers due to financial shortcomings or work instability. As a result, these participants were also less attracted to teaching based on altruistic reasons when compared to those whose major motivation to teach occurred as part of a quest for personal fulfillment.
Descriptors: Urban Schools, Teacher Motivation, Comparative Analysis, Altruism, Qualitative Research, Preservice Teachers, Factor Analysis, Career Choice, Alternative Teacher Certification, Teacher Persistence, Focus Groups, Interviews, Principals, Leadership Role, Student Attitudes
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