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ERIC Number: EJ1390737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2023-May
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
EISSN: EISSN-2578-2118
Why Teach? Exploring the Motivations and Expectations of First-Year, Alternatively Certified Agriscience Teachers
LaRose, Sarah E.; Colclasure, Blake C.; Warner, Anna J.; Barry, Debra M.; Osborne, Edward O.
Journal of Research in Technical Careers, v7 n1 p1-19 May 2023
School-Based agricultural education increasingly depends upon alternatively certified (AC) teachers to teach agriculture across the United States. Understanding why these individuals become teachers is an important step to better recruit and retain educators who do not complete traditional preparation programs. The purpose of our study was to explore the backgrounds, motivations, and expectations of AC agriscience teachers joining the profession. Our study was guided by the social cognitive career theory and utilized a qualitative phenomenological approach. We interviewed seven AC agriscience teachers in Florida during their first-year teaching to explore their journey into teaching agricultural education. Six major themes were found, including background and interest in agriculture, positive teaching self-efficacy expectations, positive teaching outcome expectations, right location and right time, exciting but challenging, and more than expected. We recommend providing support programs tailored for AC agriscience teachers that are guided by the similar backgrounds, motivations, and expectations of AC teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Florida
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