Search results for: Teaching as a profession
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First steps in a second career: characteristics of the transition to the teaching profession among novice teachers
The main purpose of the present study was to illuminate the factors that enhance or inhibit job satisfaction among second-career teachers (SCTs) in their initial period at school. Data was gathered from questionnaires filled out by 80 novice SCTs and a comparable group of 82 First-Career Teachers (FCTs). Personal interviews were conducted with eight SCTs. The findings show that the most powerful predictor of high job satisfaction among SCTs is the availability of support whereas the most powerful predictor among FCTs is workload. The qualitative analysis suggests that experience acquired by SCTs before they start teaching provides a repertoire of helpful strategies, thus improving their ability to cope with stressful experiences. The findings support the trend to advocate teaching as a second career for experienced professionals.
Updated: May. 13, 2021
The author believes teacher education is located on the borderline of both teaching and research. In the following, the author will explain this statement, reviewing teacher educators’ vulnerabilities in each role. Finally, she will claim that this borderline position has a potential of becoming a resource for innovation. The author argues that teacher educators can be brokers of change. Located at the border between teaching, research and policymaking, they have the opportunity to be part of each profession, experiencing the other two’s perspectives, expectations and criticism.
Updated: Dec. 16, 2018
This paper explains what clinical research is and why it is necessary. The author argues that the term ‘clinical’ refers to an academic way of solving practical problems. The author wonders whether clinical research contribute to knowledge for the teaching profession. She suggests that the (tacit) knowledge acquired in classrooms enables researchers to perceive more relevant factors in practice and enables them to understand the problems of teaching better. She concludes that clinical research is a type of action research in the sense that it acknowledges the epistemic function of doing, thus emphasizing the need for integrating scholarship and craftsmanship.
Updated: Aug. 15, 2018
This study aimed to investigate the motivating factors for choosing the teaching profession by nontraditional, post-baccalaureate candidates who had returned to higher education to pursue an initial teaching license. The authors found that participants noted intrinsically motivated factors and more pragmatic motivators. The authors categorized the intrinsic motivators as noble causes, which included the opportunity to share their love for learning or to make a difference in society or students’ lives. The pragmatic motivators included the need for a career change or the perceived benefits of the teaching career.
Updated: Jul. 18, 2018
Those Who Can, Teach: The Academic Quality of Preservice Students in Teacher Education Programs in Taiwan
This research investigates Taiwanese preservice students’ academic quality in comparison with their nonteaching peers. The findings show that preservice students demonstrated higher academic quality than their non-preservice counterparts, as they had better entry test scores, mid-point grades and final grades. The authors provide explanations of the gap in performance between the two groups within the broader sociocultural context of Taiwanese society. First, the authors found that the majority of the teaching programs set a minimum academic standing as a threshold for student application when they recruit students from various programs/departments within the university. Second, the Taiwanese government adopted policies that provide teachers with generous compensation and benefit packages that provide teachers with generous compensation and benefit packages. Furthermore, the cultural beliefs imbedded in the Confucian cultural heritage may also play a role in constructing favorable teaching conditions.
Updated: Apr. 24, 2018
In this article, the authors examined the various purposes that Finnish student teachers of different subjects have in teaching. The findings revealed that four purpose profiles were identified among participants: Purposeful, Dabblers, Dreamers, and Disengaged.The majority of participants can be profiled as dabblers. The authors found that the student teachers of religious education most often demonstrated a purposeful profile, while student teachers of mathematics and science were mostly profiled as disengaged. The authors conclude that the moral nature of teaching calls for purposeful teachers for schools worldwide.
Updated: Nov. 12, 2017
This research focuses on aspirations for an M-level teaching profession within one densely populated government region – the English West Midlands – from the perspectives of key stakeholders. In particular, teachers’ perceptions regarding aspirations for an M-level profession are generally overlooked and neglected in academic literature. This article contributes to addressing this gap in academic literature by highlighting teacher perceptions, alongside the perceptions of HEIs. Findings show that aspirations for an M-level teaching profession in England received an overwhelmingly positive response from these key stakeholders in this government region. Clearly, all respondents were overwhelmingly in favour of an M-level teaching profession. However, there were also concerns around an M-level profession in the manner in which it was being implemented.
Updated: Jan. 10, 2017
Final Thesis Models in European Teacher Education and Their Orientation towards the Academy and the Teaching Profession
The present study concerns different final thesis models in the research on teacher education in Europe and their orientation towards the academy and the teaching profession. The author found that in scientific journals, 33 articles support the occurrence of three models: the portfolio model, with a mainly teaching-professional orientation; the thesis model, with a mainly academic orientation; and the action research model, related to both orientations. All models had some relationship with both orientations.
Updated: Dec. 06, 2016
This study examined what pedagogical advisors perceive as factors affecting their professional self-efficacy. The major finding is that pedagogical advisors perceive their professional autonomy as a necessary condition for the effective fulfillment of their role. Autonomy allows them to develop their potential in the intrapersonal, interpersonal and organizational domains of their work. Their sense of autonomy is based on a connection between freedom and commitment to the teaching profession.
Updated: Aug. 01, 2016
Why Do Student Teachers Enrol for a Teaching Degree? A Study of Teacher Recruitment in Portugal and Sweden
This article reports on findings from an exploratory study carried out in Portugal and Sweden, concerning student teacher recruitment to Initial Teacher Education (ITE) programmes. It addresses issues such as the motivations and expectations of the student teachers regarding the teaching profession. The discussion comprises two themes: the frame of reference for ITE in the two countries and possible implications for the recruitment process. The findings reveal that female students seem to be attracted to the education field in both countries. What differs is how they enter the field. Another difference relates to when student teachers choose to enter a teaching degree.
Updated: Jan. 18, 2016