This article was published in Teaching and Teacher Education, Vol 27 number 3,
Author(s): Robert M. Klassen, Said Al-Dhafri, Wanwisa Hannok, Shea M. Betts,
" Investigating Pre-service Teacher Motivation across Cultures Using the Teachers’ Ten Statements Test", Pages 579-588, Copyright Elsevier (April 2011).
This article describes a study which examined pre-service teachers' motivations for choosing teaching as a career across cultures.
The participants were 200 pre-service teachers from Canada and Oman.
The authors used a novel structured qualitative approach and two theoretical models to analyze the variations of pre-service teacher career-choice motivation across cultures.
The results of the study showed that Pre-service teachers in Canada are more likely to describe their motivation for teaching in terms that are self-oriented compared to pre-service teachers from Oman.
Furthermore, pre-service teachers from Oman were more likely to endorse socio-cultural influences on their motivations for teaching than pre-service teachers from Canada.
The study highlights the importance of attending to cultural factors in building an understanding of motivations for teaching.