ERIC Number: EJ729019
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Mar
Reference Count: 46
Who Chooses Teaching and Why? Profiling Characteristics and Motivations across Three Australian Universities
Richardson, Paul W.; Watt, Helen M. G.
Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education, v34 n1 p27-56 Mar 2006
In this large-scale Australian study, we profile the background characteristics and teaching motivations for individuals entering teacher education across three major established urban teacher provider universities in the Australian States of New South Wales and Victoria. Our recently developed and validated "FIT-Choice" (Factors Influencing Teaching Choice) Scale determines the strength of influence for a range of motivations from individuals choosing teaching as a career. Findings build upon and extend previous literature relating to reasons for teaching as a career choice, which have not systematically applied current motivational models to developing explanations. Participants were the entire cohorts (N =1,653) of first-year pre-service teacher education candidates at three universities in Sydney and Melbourne. Results provide a profile of a large sample of pre-service teachers whose decision to enrol in a teacher education program has been made at a time when the mass media and the general public have increasingly looked upon teaching as a poor career choice. Our new theoretical approach allows us to recommend strategies for teacher recruitment campaigns, based on a comprehensive understanding of individuals' motivations for choosing teaching. (Contains 4 notes.)
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Profiles, Teacher Recruitment, Teacher Education Programs, Career Choice, Urban Areas, Preservice Teachers, Student Motivation, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Student Characteristics, Surveys, Factor Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia