International Education Research

International Education Research

ISSN: 2291-5273 (Print)    ISSN: 2291-5281 (Online)

Volume 2 (2014), No. 3, Pages 1-17

DOI: 10.12735/ier.v2i3p01

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Turning to Teaching: Second Career Student Teachers' Intentions, Motivations, and Perceptions about the Teaching Profession

Ruth Zuzovsky1  Smadar Donitsa-Schmidt1 

1Kibbutzim College of Education, Technology and the Arts, Tel-Aviv, Israel

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Abstract

In light of predicted teacher shortages, many countries including Israel have initiated Master of Teaching programs targeting second career candidates. Their unique profile aroused our interest in examining their motives for turning to teaching and their beliefs about teachers and the teaching profession. Findings show the dominance of an altruistic motive followed by intrinsic and extrinsic ones. Candidates adhere to a middle position between viewing teaching as a technical-rational activity and a reflective practice and view "good" teachers as having a mixture of adequate personality traits, positive human relations and professional performance with an emphasis on personality traits.

Keywords: second career; student teachers; motivation; beliefs; teaching profession

To Cite this Article: Zuzovsky, R., & Donitsa-Schmidt, S. (2014). Turning to teaching: Second career student teachers' intentions, motivations, and perceptions about the teaching profession. International Education Research, 2(3), 1-17. http://dx.doi.org/10.12735/ier.v2i3p01

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