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Prospective teachers’ motivations for choosing teaching as a career
Prospective teachers’ motivations for choosing teaching as a career

Author(s): Wanda Dróżka, Joanna Madalińska-Michalak
Subject(s): Social Sciences, Education
Published by: Wydawnictwa Uniwersytetu Warszawskiego
Keywords: career motivation; teaching as a career; prospective teachers; autobiographical studies; teacher education

Summary/Abstract: The purpose of this paper is to examine the motivation of prospective teachers for choosing teaching as a career and to critically consider the broader biographical and socio-cultural-economic context of their formation and development. Data were collected through a number of autobiographical stories written by a sample of prospective teachers among the postgraduate students from a university in Poland. Thematic analysis of motivation for choosing teaching as a career went together with the analysis of significant experiences of prospective teachers in their professional development journeys. The key findings suggest that even though the context of teaching has changed over the last 25 years in Poland, the crucial motives for choosing teaching as a career remain still the same: vocation, passion for working with children, possibility of self-realization, desire to work in a profession where there is some place for creativity, reflection and constructive criticism.

  • Issue Year: 239/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 83-101
  • Page Count: 19
  • Language: English