Motivations for choosing teaching as a career: an application of hierarchical cluster analysis (Bachelor thesis)

Υφαντίδου, Ευθυμία/ Yfantidou, Efthymia

In recent years, the job prospects of pre-service teachers in Greece have declined substantially. At the same time, the number of active primary education university students still remains high, whereas for many students it was their first choice of study. The aim of this work was to detect and investigate the motivations of a sample of pre-service teachers for choosing teaching as a career. More specifically, the relationship between motivations and participants’ demographic and educational characteristics was investigated. Data analysis was based on Hierarchical Cluster Analysis. Results indicated that pre-service teachers' motivations for choosing the teaching profession were mainly intrinsic and extrinsic and, to a lesser extent, altruistic. Moreover, cluster analysis revealed that students with a humanities background in high school hold mostly intrinsic motivations, in comparison to students with a science/technological background, with mostly altruistic motivations
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Δημοκρίτειο Πανεπιστήμιο Θράκης. Σχολή Επιστημών Αγωγής. Παιδαγωγικό Τμήμα Δημοτικής Εκπαίδευσης
Subject classification: Educators--Greece
Teaching--Vocational guidance--Greece
Keywords: Κίνητρα,Επάγγελμα δασκάλου,Ιεραρχική ανάλυση σε συστάδες,Motivations,Teaching profession,Hierarchical cluster analysis

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