A typological approach to investigate the teaching career decision: Motivations and beliefs about teaching of prospective teacher candidates
TATE Volume 28, Number 3, ISSN 0742-051X Publisher: Elsevier Ltd
This study utilized cluster analysis to identify typologies of prospective teachers enrolled in a teacher education program in the U.S. based upon their self-report motivations for teaching. A three-cluster solution generated three distinctive typologies of prospective teachers (N’s of 93, 70 and 52), and further differences among typologies were investigated with respect to participants’ beliefs about teaching.Follow-up semi-structured interviews confirmed meaningful differences found between the clusters with regard to unique combination of motivations and beliefs about teaching relevant to each typology. Implications for teacher education and teacher development are further discussed in relationship with study findings.
Thomson, M.M., Turner, J.E. & Nietfeld, J.L. (2012). A typological approach to investigate the teaching career decision: Motivations and beliefs about teaching of prospective teacher candidates. Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 28(3), 324-335. Elsevier Ltd.