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How to get more people into teaching?: Comparing undergraduates’ and teacher trainees’ motivation and perceptions of a teaching career

Gorard, S.; See, B.H.; Morris, R.

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R. Morris



Abstract

Understanding people’s perceptions of teaching as an occupation, and their motivation or oth-erwise to teach, can help identify which initiatives/policies are most promising in improving teacher recruitment. Previous studies have often sought only the views of teachers/teacher trainees to understand why people choose teaching as a career. Recruitment strategies based on evidence from such research are therefore only appealing to those who are already interested in teaching. It is the views of those who might otherwise have gone into teaching that can provide better clues to what we can do to get more people into teaching. This paper compares the views of 4,469 undergraduate students and 788 trainee teachers in England. Our analysis goes beyond the usual approach by comparing young people completely uninterested in teaching, those who considered teaching but rejected it, those intending to be teachers and those already in training. Our study found little or no difference between prospective teachers and others in terms of ge-neric career drivers and the attraction of financial incentives, although prospective teachers tended to have lower levels of qualifications, and to come from less prestigious occupational backgrounds. However, those not planning to be teachers are much less concerned about teachers’ workload, suggesting that this is probably not a great deterrent for those considering teaching. Compared to those who intend to be teachers, those who have considered but rejected teaching are less likely to view teaching as intellectually stimulating. They are least likely to see teaching as a high-status profession, offering good promotion prospects and job security. Policies to improve recruitment need to make teaching more attractive to the second group by addressing these issues. And these policies should be distinct from policies to retain existing teachers.

Citation

Gorard, S., See, B., & Morris, R. (2022). How to get more people into teaching?: Comparing undergraduates’ and teacher trainees’ motivation and perceptions of a teaching career. Education Sciences, 12(11), Article 767. https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12110767

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 24, 2022
Publication Date 2022-11
Deposit Date Oct 25, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 25, 2022
Journal Education Sciences
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 11
Article Number 767
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/educsci12110767

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