Graduate Teacher Motivation for Choosing a Job in Education

International Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance (Impact Factor: 0.97). 08/2007; 7(2):123-136. DOI: 10.1007/s10775-007-9117-5


This article compares individuals already in teaching and non-teaching teacher graduates, and explores the motivation to pursue a teaching job based on job motives and work values. From the response of 241 recently graduated teachers it may be concluded that teachers consider intrinsic, altruistic and interpersonal features as strong job-specific motivators. Furthermore, teachers prefer altruistic and interpersonal work values, while non-teachers are more attracted by individualistic work values such as career opportunities and executive power.

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