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ERIC Number: ED536867
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Sep
Pages: 30
Abstractor: ERIC
Teaching as a Second Career
Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation (NJ1)
In 2007, the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation launched a new teaching fellowship designed to recruit and prepare a new generation of top teacher talent for the nation's schools. Aimed at both traditional-age "and" midcareer candidates, the initiative offers $30,000 Fellowships to individuals with strong records of academic performance, professional accomplishment, and community contribution, along with the opportunity to enroll in specially designed master's degree programs of teacher preparation. Seeking to tap as broad a talent pool as possible for the initiative, the Foundation asked the survey research firm of Peter D. Hart Research Associates to probe interest in teaching careers among a representative national sample of college educated men and women, ages 24 to 60. This report examines their views on a potential career change to teaching. It offers directions for policy makers, preparation programs, and researchers by examining their motivations and opinions of a potential career change in depth. Further perspective is provided in observations and commentary that highlight key findings and place them in the context of the nation's most critical teacher recruitment and development challenges and trends. An additional section, drawing on both these findings and previous research, sets forth recommendations to strengthen the programs designed to recruit and prepare potential second-career teachers for classroom careers. (Contains 3 footnotes.) [With commentary by David Haselkorn.]
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: Researchers; Policymakers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A