Motivations for choosing teaching as a career : An international comparison using the FIT-Choice scale

Published on Aug 1, 2012in Teaching and Teacher Education
· DOI :10.1016/J.TATE.2012.03.003
Helen Margaret Gilchrist Watt27
Estimated H-index: 27
(Monash University, Clayton campus),
Paul William Richardson17
Estimated H-index: 17
(Monash University, Clayton campus)
+ 4 AuthorsJürgen Baumert70
Estimated H-index: 70
(MPG: Max Planck Society)
Motivations for preservice teachers’ choice of teaching as a career were investigated using the Factors Influencing Teaching Choice scale (FIT-Choice scale; Watt & Richardson, 2007). This scale was initially developed and validated in the Australian context; our study applied it across international samples from Australia, the United States, Germany, and Norway. Support for strong factorial invariance implied the scale functioned similarly, and could fruitfully be employed in different contexts. Sample comparisons revealed that motivations for teaching were more similar than they were different across these samples; whereas, perceptions about the teaching profession tended to reflect country differences.
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