ERIC Number: EJ1033814
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Teacher Education Graduates' Choice (Not) to Enter the Teaching Profession: Does Teacher Education Matter?
Rots, Isabel; Aelterman, Antonia; Devos, Geert
European Journal of Teacher Education, v37 n3 p279-294 2014
In an era of recurring teacher shortages, Flanders struggles with a considerable proportion of teacher education graduates who do not enter the teaching profession. This study identifies the predictors of teacher education graduates' choice on job entry (teaching profession or not). A prospective research design with two data collection phases is adopted. Student teachers (subsequently graduates) (N = 217) of integrated teacher training for secondary education were surveyed shortly before as well as shortly after graduation. Results of chi-squared and t-tests indicate that gender, initial motivation for teaching, mentor support, teacher education preparation, teacher efficacy, learner-oriented beliefs, performance in teacher education, and employment opportunities show differences (at 1% level) between graduates who entered and those who did not enter the teaching profession. Results of the subsequent logistic regression validate the importance of teacher education (i.e. mentor support)--beside initial motivation and labour market factors--to explain graduates' decision on job entry.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Preservice Teacher Education, Career Choice, Predictor Variables, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Statistical Analysis, Gender Differences, Student Motivation, Mentors, Self Efficacy, Employment Opportunities, Regression (Statistics), Labor Market, Teaching (Occupation), Decision Making, Measures (Individuals)
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Identifiers - Location: Belgium